Field Correspondents

Field Correspondents

PAUL BARBA is an assistant professor of history at Bucknell University. He graduated with a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2016. His first book project, tentatively titled Country of the Cursed and the Driven: Slavery and the Texas Borderlands, tracks and analyzes the multiple forms of slaving violence that emerged, dominated, and intersected throughout Texas from the early eighteenth century into the latter half of the nineteenth century.  It is currently under contract with the University of Nebraska Press. Prior to Bucknell, Dr. Barba served as a managing editor at the journal Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos. You can contact Dr. Barba at pab040@bucknell.edu.

MICHELLE CASSIDY is assistant professor of history at Central Michigan University. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 2016. Her current project emphasizes the importance of American Indian military service to discussions of race and citizenship during the Civil War era. She has presented her research at numerous conferences, including the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Ethnohistory, and the American Historical Association. Her article in the Michigan Historical Review, “‘The More Noise they Make’: Odawa and Ojibwe Encounters with American Missionaries in Northern Michigan, 1837-1871,” explores how Anishinaabe cultural logic, leadership, and perceptions of spiritual power shaped Native life in the mid-nineteenth century and influenced some Anishinaabe men to enlist in the Union army. Dr. Cassidy can be contacted at cassi2m@cmich.edu.

NIELS EICHHORN is an assistant professor of history at Middle Georgia State University. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Arkansas. His first book, Separatism and the Language of Slavery: A Study of 1830 and 1848 Political Refugees and the American Civil War, is under contract with LSU Press. He has published articles on Civil War diplomacy in Civil War History and American Nineteenth Century History. You can find more information on his personal website, and he can be contacted at eichhorn.niels@gmail.com.

ANGELA ESCO ELDER is an Assistant Professor of History at Converse College. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a PhD in History, she became the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech. She is currently revising her dissertation on Confederate widowhood for publication; her dissertation won the Southern Historical Association’s C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize and St. George Tucker Society’s Melvin E. Bradford Dissertation Prize.  At Converse, she teaches a variety of American history courses, including in her speciality of gender history and the Civil War era. In addition to book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and book reviews, Elder recently published a co-edited collection, Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. She has also presented her research at numerous conferences, including the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Society of Civil War Historians, and Southern Association for Women Historians. You can contact Dr. Elder at angela.elder@converse.edu.

HILARY N. GREEN is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama. She earned her M.A. in History from Tufts University in 2003, and Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Her research and teaching interests include the intersections of race, class, and gender in African American history, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, as well as Civil War memory, African American education, and the Black Atlantic. She is the author of Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890 (Fordham, 2016). She is currently developing a book manuscript tentatively titled Lest We Forget. The project explores the diverse ways in which everyday African Americans remembered and commemorated the Civil War from its wartime origins to the present. In addition, she has developed and gives regularly an alternative campus tour on the history of race, slavery, and memory at the University of Alabama. You can contact Dr. Green at hngreen1@ua.edu.

BARTON A. MYERS is Class of 1960 Associate Professor of Ethics and History at Washington and Lee University and the author of the award-winning Executing Daniel Bright: Race, Loyalty, and Guerrilla Violence in a Coastal Carolina Community, 1861-1865 (LSU Press, 2009), Rebels Against the Confederacy: North Carolina’s Unionists (Cambridge, 2014), and co-editor with Brian D. McKnight of The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War (LSU Press, 2017). Dr. Myers received his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Professor Myers has taught at Cornell University, the University of Georgia, and Texas Tech University, and before becoming a professor, he served as a public historian with the National Park Service at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park where he led tours of some of America’s most historic battlefields. He is also a past nominee for the Rising Star Faculty Award given by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and the recipient of a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for his research on violence, aggression, and dominance in American history. Dr. Myers’ work has been featured in the national media, including the Los Angeles Times, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Smerconish.com, Sirius XM’s “The Michael Smerconish Program,” CSPAN’s “American History TV,” National Public Radio’s Virginia Insight, and Civil War Monitor. He lives in historic Lexington, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. He can be contacted about speaking engagements through his website. He also has a Facebook page, “The Art of Command during the American Civil War.”

NICK SACCO is a public historian and Park Guide with the National Park Service at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in History with a concentration in Public History from IUPUI (2014). In addition to his work with the NPS, Nick has previously worked for the National Council on Public History, the Indiana State House, the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center, and as a teaching assistant in both middle and high school settings. In 2016 he won an NPS Performance Award for Outstanding Service for assisting with the agency’s efforts to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the 1866 Memphis Massacre. Nick has numerous scholarly journal articles, digital essays, and book reviews about public history and nineteenth century U.S. history in a range of publications, including the Indiana Magazine of History, The Confluence, The Civil War Monitor, History@Work, AASLH, and Society for U.S. Intellectual History. He also blogs regularly about history at his personal website, Exploring the Past. You can contact Nick at PastExplore@gmail.com

MICHAEL E. WOODS is Associate Professor of History at Marshall University. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Whitman College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina. Woods is the author of Bleeding Kansas: Slavery, Sectionalism, and Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border (Routledge, 2016) and Emotional and Sectional Conflict in the Antebellum United States (Cambridge, 2014), which won the Southern Historical Association’s James A. Rawley Award in 2015. He has also published articles in the Journal of the Civil War Era, Civil War History, the Journal of American Studies, West Virginia History, Slavery & Abolition, the Journal of American History, and the Journal of Social History. Woods’s research and teaching interests include the nineteenth-century U.S., political history, the American South, the comparative history of slavery and abolition, and the Civil War era. He is currently at work on a book entitled Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy.​ He can be reached at woodsm@marshall.edu and through his Academia.edu profile.