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.

P. GABRIELLE FOREMAN co-directs Penn State’s Center for Black Digital Research (also called #DigBlk) and is the founding faculty director of the award-winning Colored Conventions Project. She is finishing a manuscript entitled The Art of DisMemory: Historicizing Slavery in Poetry, Print and Material Culture as well as an edited collection called Praise Songs for Dave the Potter: Art and Poetry for David Drake about the enslaved master poet and potter who was one subject of her ongoing performance collaborations with artistic director Dr. Lynnette Overby and poet Glenis Redmond. Foreman’s co-edited volume The Colored Conventions Movement:Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century, forthcoming with UNC Press, will be the first collection on this an understudied movement for Black rights that spanned seven decades. For Muster, Foreman will be writing about digital and distributed archive building, nineteenth-century Black organizing and Black memory and the arts. Foreman holds an endowed chair in Liberal Arts and is Professor of English, African American Studies and History as well as affiliate faculty at the Penn State University Library. She’ll be the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American Antiquarian Society in 2021-2022. You can find her on twitter at @profgabrielle and @ccp_org. 

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 s a public historian and writer based in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in History with a concentration in Public History from IUPUI (2014). In the past he has 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. Nick recently had a journal article about Ulysses S. Grant’s relationship with slavery published in the September 2019 issue of The Journal of the Civil War Era. He has written several other journal articles, digital essays, and book reviews for a range of publications, including the Indiana Magazine of HistoryThe ConfluenceThe Civil War Monitor, Emerging Civil War, 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 University of Tennessee–Knoxville. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Whitman College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina. His most recent publication is Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy (UNC Press, 2020).​ Woods is also 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, Journal of American Studies, West Virginia History, Slavery & Abolition, 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 can be reached at mwoods47@utk.edu and through his Academia.edu profile.