Professor of history, Pitzer College, 1999 to present.
Associate professor of history, Pitzer College, 1993-1999.
Pitzer College coordinator, Claremont five-college American Studies program, 1989 to present.
Affiliated faculty member, Claremont Graduate University, 1988 to present. Assistant professor of history, Pitzer College, 1987-1993.
Doctor of Philosophy, History, Johns Hopkins University, 1987.
Master of Arts, history, Johns Hopkins University, 1983.
Bachelor of Arts, history, University of Michigan, 1978.
Books and Articles
Current project: A general history of the years 1848-1898, volume three of the Penguin History of the United States, Eric Foner, general editor (under contract with Penguin USA).
"The Geography of Memory," in Alice Fahs and Joan Waugh, eds., The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming).
"The Dead, the Self and Historical Memory: William Newby's Return,"
Mid-America 82:1 and 2 (Winter/Summer 2000), 101-126.
"The William Newby Case and the Legacy of the Civil War," Prologue 30:3 (Winter 1998), 247-55.
"Reading the Flag: A Reconsideration of the Patriotic Cults of the 1890s," in Jolm Bodnar, ed., Bonds of Affection: Americans Define Their Patriotism (Princeton University Press, 1996), 102-119.
"Nationalism," in Stanley 1. Kutler, general editor, Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century (Macmillan, 1995), vol. 1, 251-271.
"The Civil War and Historical Memory: A Historiographical Survey," OAH Magazine of History 8:1 (Fall 1993), 3-6.
"The Gilded Age, The Era of Incorporations, and Populism," in Mary Kupiec Cayton, Elliot J. Gorn, and Peter W. Williams, eds., Encyclopedia of American Social History (Scribner's, 1993), vol. 1, 157-172.
Glorious Contentment: The Grand Army of the Republic, 1865-1900 (University of North Carolina Press, 1992; paper edition, 1997). An alternate selection of the History Book Club.
"Who Joined the Grand Army? Three Case Studies in the Construction of Union Veteranhood, 1866-1900," in Maris A. Vinovskis, ed., Toward a Social History of the American Civil Way : Exploratory Essays (Cambridge University Press, 1990), 139-170.
"E. Haldeman-Julius and the Little Blue Bookworms: The Bridging of Cultural Styles," Prospects 11 (1987), 59-79.
Book Reviews and Review Essays
David W. Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (forthcoming).
"Resisting The Pickett T-Shirt," essay review of Carol Reardon, Pickett's Charge in History and Memory, in Reviews in American History 26:4 (December 1998), 705-710.
Rogers Smith, Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History, feature review in Journal of American History 103:5 (December 1998), 50-51.
Stephen Bullock, Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation
of the American Social Order, 1730-1840, in Journal of Southern History
64:4 (November 1998).
"Grand Army of the Republic," review essay in Reader's Guide to American History (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997).
A Southern Boy in Blue: The Memoir of Marcus Woodcock, 9th Kentucky Infantry (U.S.A.), Kenneth W. Noe, ed., in Georgia Historical Quarterly 81:2 (Summer 1997), 521-23.
Hamlin Garland, Main-Travelled Roads, in Labor History 37:3 (Summer 1996), 423-24.
R.B. Rosenburg, Living Monuments: Confederate Soldiers 'Homes in the New South, in Journal ofAmerican History 81:4 (March 1995), 1734-1735.
Kathleen Diffley, Where My Heart Is Turning Ever: Civil War Stories and Constitutional Reform, 1861-1876, in American Historical Review 99:2 (April 1994), 660.
Conference Papers and Invited Presentations
Chair of roundtable: "What Do Military and Cultural Histories of the Civil War Have to Say to Each Other?" Organization of American Historians meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 24, 1999.
"The William Newby Case and the Legacy of the Civil War," keynote address to Symposium on Chicago and the Midwest in the Civil War Era, Chicago Historical Society, September 26, 1997.
"The Pension Bureau Encounters Local Justice: The Strange Case of Daniel Benton (Or William Newby)," given at British Association for American Studies meeting, Selwyn College, Cambridge, April 8, 1995.
"John A. Logan and the Grand Army of Volunteers," given at opening of Gen. John A. Logan Museum, Murphysboro, IL, October 10, 1992
"From Frontideologie to Blue-Gray Reunion: The Grand Army Memory of the Civil War, 1866-1900," given at Southern Historical Association meeting, Fort Worth, TX, November 17, 1991.
"The Cult of the American Flag in the 1890s," given at American Studies Association meeting, Baltimore, November 2, 1991.
"E. Haldeman-Julius and the Little Blue Bookworms," given at Conference
on Media Technology and Culture in History, Newhouse School of Mass Communications,
Syracuse University, March 18, 1983.
Fellowships and Grants
Pitzer College Scholar in Residence, fall semester 1996. Newberry Library short-term fellowship, summer 1992.
NEH American Studies institute, "The Emergence of the Modern: American Art and Culture from the Columbian Exposition to the Armory Show, 1893-1913," University of North Carolina, summer 1991.
Pitzer College summer faculty research grants, 1988, 1989, 1991. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Local History Grant, 1985.
Johns Hopkins University teaching and research fellowships, 1983-85; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, 1981-83.
Manuscript reviews for American Historical Review, Civil War History, Cultural Anthropology, Journal of American History, Social Analysis, Sociological Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Oxford University Press, Smithsonian University Press, University Press of Kansas.
Session chair or commentator at the following professional meetings: American Historical Association, 2000, 1998; Huntington Library conference, "The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture," 1999; National Women in Historic Preservation Conference, 1997; Organization of American Historians, 1999, 1996, 1994; Southern Historical Association, 1993; Claremont Graduate School conference on Columbian Quincentenary, 1993.
Member of advisory board, Lincoln Prize (Lincoln and Soldiers Institute, Gettysburg, PA), 2000 to present.
Historical advisor, "Coming Home: The Veteran Experience in America," aired on The History Channel, November 9 and 11, 1998.
Member of advisory board, Reader's Guide to American History (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997).
Juror, California State University student research conference, California State University, San Bernardino, May 1995.
Guest editor, OAH Magazine of History special issue on the American Civil War (Fall 1993).
Member, local publicity committee, OAH annual meeting at Anaheim, CA (April 1993).