"The American Civil War in a Global Context"
George Mason University
Center for the Arts
4373 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Peter N. Stearns, Conference Chair
Peter Stearns, Conference Chair became Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University on January 1, 2000. He has taught previously at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, Rutgers, and Carnegie Mellon; he received his AB, AM, and PhD degrees at Harvard University.
Dr. Stearns has authored or edited over 100 books. He has published widely in modern social history, including the history of emotions, and in world history. Representative works in world history include World History: A Survey; The Industrial Revolution in World History; Gender in World History;Consumerism in World History and Growing Up: The History of Childhood in Global Context. His publications in social history include Old Age in Preindustrial Society; Anxious Parents: A History of Modern American Childrearing;American Cool: Developing the Twentieth-Century Emotional Style; Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in Western Society; The Battleground of Desire: The Struggle for Self-Control in Modern America; American Fear: The Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety; Revolutions in Sorrow: A History of American Experiences and Policies Toward Death in Global Context; and From Alienation to Addiction: Modern American Work in Global Historical Perspective. He has also edited encyclopedias of world and social history, and since 1967 has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History. Read More
Kenneth Blume is a professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Communication of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He earned a Ph.D. from SUNY-Binghamton, an M.A. from St. John’s University, and a B.A. from Hamilton College. His research interests include 19th century diplomatic, maritime, and naval history. Among his publications are Historical Dictionary of the American Diplomacy 1865-1914, Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry; articles in Civil War History and The American Neptune; and entries in Reader's Guide to American History, American National Biography, Encyclopedia of the American Civil War, The Encyclopedia of New York State, African American National Biography, Age of Imperialism, and Encyclopedia of Free Blacks and Free People of Color in the Americas. He is currently working on several book-length studies: Advancing American Seapower: The Story of Richard W. Meade III (1837-1897); Painful Cases: The Antebellum Navy and its Efficiency Boards of 1855-1857; and Sable Diplomats: African-Americans in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps, 1865-1914.
Enrico Dal Lago is Lecturer in American History at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He studies Slavery and the American Civil War in comparative perspective, with a particular emphasis on comparisons between the nineteenth-century United States and Europe, especially Italy. He is the author of Agrarian Elites: American Slaveholders and Southern Italian Landowners, 1815-1861 (2005); American Slavery, Atlantic Slavery, and Beyond: The U.S. “Peculiar Institution in International Perspective (2012); and William Lloyd Garrison and Giuseppe Mazzini: Abolition, Democracy, and Radical Reform (2013). He is currently writing a book that focuses on the comparative study of inner civil wars in the Confederate South and Southern Italy, 1861-65.
Hugh Dubrulle is an associate professor in the History Department at Saint Anselm College where he teaches courses on modern Europe, Britain, and the British Empire. He received a B.A. from Pomona College and earned his PhD. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on British reactions to the American Civil War, and he has served as a book review editor for H-CivWar for the last six years. His articles and book chapters have covered topics ranging from the British understanding of the war’s military significance to the way in which the war influenced British thinking about race. He is currently writing a book that investigates the way in which Britons used the Civil War to construct lessons about politics, society, race, nationality, and military affairs.
Niels Eichhorn is an assistant professor of history at Middle Georgia State College. He graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in May 2013 and is currently revising his dissertation, “‘Up Ewig Ungedeelt’ or ‘A House Divided’: Nationalism and Separatism in the Mid-Nineteenth Century Atlantic World”, which explores the theme of separatism in Schleswig-Holstein during 1848 and the United States during the 1860s. He is currently working on an Atlantic History from 1825 to 1880 and a study of separatism in the North Atlantic between 1830 and 1870. He has a couple of forthcoming articles and is working on new projects that aim for a new understanding of the mid-nineteenth century in U.S. and World history.
Howard Fuller specializes in Anglo-American 19th-century history, particularly American Civil War and the British Empire. This includes maritime developments, naval technology, strategy and warfare, and modern international relations and diplomacy. He is also the developer of the pioneering new academic course ‘Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of Wargaming’ and the University of Wolverhampton’s new, fully-online M.A. in Military History.
The 2002-2003 Fellow in U.S. Naval History through the U.S. Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C. and a West Point Fellow in Military History, Dr. Fuller has lectured in America, Britain and Europe on naval power in the mid-Victorian era and teaches additional history courses online for University of Maryland University College. He is a frequent contributor to conferences and journals on both sides of the Atlantic, Associate Editor for the International Journal of Naval History, and is the author of the critically-acclaimed Clad in Iron: The American Civil War and the Challenge of British Naval Power (2007, Greenwood Press, reprinted in 2010 by Naval Institute Press). Dr. Fuller has recently published a major new study, Empire, Technology and Seapower: Royal Navy Crisis in the Age of Palmerston, with Routledge, and is currently completing a bold new edited collection of essays for Naval Institute Press: The Real Pax Britannica: The Royal Navy Deterred and the Decline of Gunboat Diplomacy.
Christopher Hamner is associate professor of history at George Mason University and author of Enduring Battle: American Soldiers in Three Wars, 1776-1945 (University Press of Kansas, 2011) which examines the factors that motivated troops to face combat in the War of Independence, the Civil War, and the Second World War. He is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Papers of the War Department 1784-1800, an online archive that collects the correspondence of the first years of the War Office, and is currently at work on a book that examines the experience of ground combat in post-industrial warfare from the Vietnam conflict to the twenty-first century.
David and Jeanne Heidler were both born in Atlanta, Georgia, though they did not meet until enrolling in Auburn University’s graduate program in History. They both received their Ph.D. from Auburn in United States History. The Heidlers left Auburn for Maryland in 1984. There they developed a love of sailing and began collaborating on their first book together. In 1993, the Heidlers moved to Colorado. After teaching at Colorado State University, Pueblo, David retired from the classroom and devotes himself fulltime to writing. Jeanne is currently Professor of History and Director of American History at the United States Air Force Academy where she is the senior civilian member of her department. The Heidlers are award winning historians who have written or edited numerous articles and twelve books on the Early American Republic, the Antebellum period, and the America Civil War, including The Encyclopedia of the American Civil War (winner of the Society for Military History’s Distinguished Book Award), Old Hickory’s War: Andrew Jackson and the Quest for Empire (Louisiana State University Press, 2003) and Henry Clay: The Essential American (Random House, 2010, PBK, 2011). They have recently completed a study of the influences of the associates and family on George Washington that shaped the man and his presidency. Tentatively titled Washington’s Circle, it is projected to be published in 2014 by Random House.
Brian Platt is Associate Professor of History at George Mason University and is currently serving as Department Chair. He is a specialist in Japanese history, with a research focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998, and is the author of Burning and Building: Schooling and State Formation in Japan, 1750-1890 (Harvard, 2004). He is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, the National Academy of Education, and the Association for Asian Studies. His current research project deals with historical commemoration and autobiography in 18th and 19th century Japan. He has taught various courses on Japanese and Asian history, as well as comparative courses on such issues as modernization, memory, gender, and national identity.
Paul Quigley is the James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech. He is the author of Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848—1865, winner of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Award and the British Association for American Studies Book Prize. He is currently working on a study of Preston Brooks, the South Carolina congressman who rose to national prominence after assaulting Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner.
Brian Schoen is Associate Professor of History at Ohio University and author of The Fragile Fabric of Union: Cotton, Federal Politics, and the Global Origins of the Civil War, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press and winner of the 2010 Southern Historical Association's Bennett H. Wall Award. He is co-editor (with Frank Towers and L. Diane Barnes) of The Old South’s Modern Worlds: Slavery, Region, and Nation in the Age of Progress (Oxford University Press, 2011) and has authored several articles and book chapters on politics, southern history, slavery, diplomacy, and the Civil War. He has been a commentator on several radio and TV programs and is currently completing a co-edited collection on violence and the American founding and working on a book-length study of the statecraft of the sectional and secession crises. Schoen completed his undergraduate work at the University of Arkansas and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Before coming to Ohio University, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia and taught at Georgetown University and California State University, Sacramento.
David Surdam earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He wrote his dissertation, “Northern Naval Superiority and the Economics of the American Civil War,” under the supervision of Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Robert W. Fogel. He transformed his dissertation into the first of his six books. In addition to his books, he has eighteen articles published in refereed journals. He is currently working on a book, Century of the Leisured Masses: The Rise of Leisure in Twentieth-Century America. Surdam is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa.