Field Correspondents

Field Correspondents

MARIA ANGELA DIAZ is Assistant Professor of nineteenth century U.S. history at Utah State University. She graduated from the University of Florida with her master’s degree in 2009 and a Ph.D. in American history in 2013, with specialization in the Civil War era, United States Southern history, and a minor teaching field in Latina/o studies. Diaz’s main areas of research include the American South, the Civil War era, borderlands studies, slavery, race, American imperialism, and territorial expansion. She published “To Conquer the Coast: Pensacola, the Gulf of Mexico and the Construction of American Imperialism, 1820-1848” in the Florida Historical Quarterly. Her current book project is titled Saving the Southern Empire: Territorial Expansion in the Gulf South and Latin America, 1845-1865 and is based on her dissertation. It addresses the importance of the Gulf South to U.S. and southern efforts at expansion in Latin America during the Civil War era. By examining the role that expansionists in the Gulf South played in crafting ideas about southern empire and territorial expansion in Latin America, this project also uncovers the ways in which white southerners helped to shape images of Latin American nations and people for decades to come. She can be reached at

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

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

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

MARTHA S. JONES currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Jones is a legal and cultural historian whose interests include the study of race, law, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and a J.D. from the CUNY School of Law. She is the author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture 1830-1900 (UNC Press, 2007), Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (forthcoming from Cambridge, 2018) and coedited Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (UNC Press, 2015), together with many important articles and essays. Her work includes the curatorship of museum exhibitions, including “Reframing the Color Line” and “Proclaiming Emancipation” in conjunction with the William L. Clements Library. She was also founding director of the Michigan Law School Program in Race, Law & History and a senior fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. Professor Jones’s essays and commentary have appeared in various news outlets, including the Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, and the Detroit Free Press. Her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History. Professor Jones serves as Co-President of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and was recently elected to the Organization of American Historians Executive Board. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and Paris, France, with her husband, historian Jean Hébrard. Dr. Jones can be contacted at and on Twitter, @marthasjones_.

JAMES MARTEN has been a faculty member at Marquette University since 1986 and chair of its History Department since 2004. He was president of the Society of Civil War Historians from 2008 to 2012. The author or editor of fifteen books, Marten was the 2010 winner of MU’s Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Excellence in Research. Among his recent publications are America’s Corporal: James Tanner in War and Peace (Georgia, 2014) and Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America (UNC Press, 2011). Marten has written posts for UNC Press, Inside Higher Ed, and Historians@Work, the blog published by the MU History Department. He can be reached at

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

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 and through his profile.