Book Review Editor

Book Review Editor

KATHRYN SHIVELY

Kathryn Shively is associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She is an environmental and military historian of the American Civil War. Her research and teaching interests involve the evolution of America’s armed forces from the 1600s through the late nineteenth century, with a particular focus on the interactions of soldiers with their “natural” environments and soldiers’ mental and physical health. Her first book, Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia, won the 2014 Wiley-Silver Prize for best first book on the Civil War. It explores how enlisted soldiers adapted to the mental and physical challenges of their wartime environments by adopting self-care techniques, from eradicating mosquitoes to boiling water, and informal networks of health care, including African Americans, women, and, of course, each other. Her current project is a biography of Confederate general Jubal A. Early and his problematic influence on the modern historical profession and its methods.