JCWE Appoints New Associate Editors

JCWE Appoints New Associate Editors

We’re delighted to introduce two new associate editors of the journal: Megan L. Bever and Catherine A. Jones. Bever will serve as book review editor, while Jones will serve as review essay editor.

Megan Bever is associate professor of history and chair of the Social Sciences Department at Missouri Southern State University. She received her PhD in History at the University of Alabama in 2014 and is author of At War with King Alcohol:  Debating Drinking and Masculinity in the Civil War (UNC Press, 2022) and has co-edited two collections: The Historian behind the History:  Conversations with Southern Historians (University of Alabama Press, 2014) and American Discord:  The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era (LSU Press, 2020). Her current project examines interpretations at state and local Civil War sites in Missouri and its border regions.

Catherine Jones is associate professor in history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, the history of children and childhood, and the American South.  Her book, Intimate Reconstructions: Children in Postemancipation Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 2015), received the Grace Abbott Book Prize, Society for the History of Children and Youth. She is currently working on a book project related to the incarceration of children after emancipation in the American South.

We also say a very fond farewell to our two departing associate editors: Kathryn Shively and Luke Harlow, who have completed their terms. Over the last several years, Harlow and Shively have stewarded their sections with aplomb. Shively kept the book review section humming, even during the depths of the pandemic when publishers were having difficulties obtaining and mailing out books. Shively creatively solicited reviews from a diverse array of scholars and ensured that the journal was featuring a broad cross-section of books on the Civil War Era. Harlow commissioned and edited terrific review essays on topics ranging from digital humanities to slavery in Native communities, working closely with authors to develop these informative and wide-ranging pieces. We also thank Northwestern Ph.D. student Mikala Stokes, who has assisted Shively with the book review section for the past two years.

We wish Kathryn, Luke, and Mikala the very best as they continue on with their own exciting projects, and we look forward to working with Megan and Catherine!

Kate Masur and Greg Downs

Kate Masur is an associate professor at Northwestern University, specializing in the history of the nineteenth-century United States, focusing on how Americans grappled with questions of race and equality after the abolition of slavery. Greg Downs, who studies U.S. political and cultural history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is a professor of history at University of California--Davis. Together they edited an essay collection on the Civil War titled The World the Civil War Made (North Carolina, 2015), and they currently co-edit The Journal of the Civil War Era.

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