John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History

Department: History


Office: Miller Library 247

Phone: 207-859-5322

Fax: 859-5340


Mailing Address

5322 Mayflower Hill

Waterville, Maine 04901-8853


Ph.D. – University of California, Riverside, 1992
M.A. – University of California, Riverside, 1988

Areas of Expertise

U.S. history from 1775-1877, especially Civil War history
American women’s history from colonial settlement to the 1980s

Current Research

I recently completed the first full-scale biography of Civil War-era Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt, which appeared in the University of North Carolina’s prestigious “Civil War America” series (ed., Gary Gallagher) in fall 2011. Lincoln’s Forgotten Ally is my fifth book of original scholarship on the Civil War era and was co-winner of the 2012 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

Courses Currently Teaching 2014-15

Course Course Title
HI200 A Introduction to History
HI231 A American Women’s History, to 1870
HI232 A American Women’s History, 1870 to the Present
HI239 A The Era of the Civil War
HI241 A History of Colby College