Catherine Clinton holds the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas in San Antonio and is Professor Emerita at Queen’s University Belfast. She has served on the executive council of the Society of American Historians and on the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Bicentennial Commission, and she remains on advisory boards for Civil War History, Civil War Times, The President’s Cottage and Soldier’s Home, and Ford’s Theatre.
Clinton has written and edited nearly thirty books, from children’s fiction about Phillis Wheatley to the Columbia Guide to American Women in the Nineteenth Century – from booklets for the National Park Service to poetry anthologies. Her first book, The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South, appeared in 1982 and was a selection of the History Book Club; her 2004 biography of Harriet Tubman, Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom, was named as one of the best non-fiction books by the Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Tribune. Mrs. Lincoln: A Life was published by Harper Collins in 2009, and Clinton subsequently served as a consultant for Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film, Lincoln. In 2016 Louisiana State University Press published her Fleming Lectures: Stepdaughters Of History: Southern Women and The Civil War. Notably, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in U.S. History also in 2016.
In November 2016, she served as President of the Southern Historical Association. Her public presidential address, “The Southern Social Network.”, has inspired The Cassandra Project, a non-profit educational initiative to combat sexual harassment within departments of history at southern postgraduate institutions.
The first book in her new University of Georgia Press series, History in the Headlines, will be published in 2019: Confederate Statues and Memorialization.
She is currently working on a project exploring Union soldiers and mental illness during and after the Civil War.
CATHERINE CLINTON Academic CV
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, PH.D. 1980,
UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX, M.A. 1974
HARVARD UNIVERSITY A.B., 1973
RECENT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
President, Southern Historical Association (2016)
Consultant, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012)
Guggenheim Fellowship (2016)
University of Texas San Antonio
Denman Chair of American History, (2014-
The Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland, U.K.)
International Research Professor, (2014-2017)
The Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland, U.K.)
Chair in U.S. History, 2006-2014
Gilder Lehrman Center Affiliate
Yale University 1999-2006
Wesleyan University, 2003-2004
Mark Clark Visiting Chair of History, 2001-2002
The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina
Weissman Visiting Chair of History, 1999-2001
Baruch College, City University of New York
Charles Warren Center Affiliate
Harvard University, 1998-1999
Lewis Jones Distinguished Visiting Chair of History
Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C. 1998-9
Douglas Southall Freeman Distinguished Visiting Chair
University of Richmond, 1997-1998
W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Fellow
Harvard University 1993-1997
Brown University, Visiting Professor
Department of English Fall 1993
Harvard University, Visiting Professor
Department of Afro-American Studies 1990-1993
Brandeis University, Visiting Professor
Department of American Studies 1988-1990
Harvard University, Assistant Professor
Department of History 1983-1988
Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of History 1979-1983
University of Benghazi, Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Libyan Arab Republic 1974
THE PLANTATION MISTRESS: Woman’s World in the Old South
(New York: Pantheon, 1982) HISTORY BOOK CLUB SELECTION
THE OTHER CIVIL WAR: American Women in the Nineteenth Century
(1984, 2nd edition, New York: Hill and Wang, 1999)
PORTRAITS OF AMERICAN WOMEN
[Co-editor] (1991, reprint edition, Oxford University Press, 1998)
DIVIDED HOUSES: Gender and the Civil War [Co-editor]
(New York: Oxford University Press, 1992) HISTORY BOOK CLUB SELECTION
HALF-SISTERS OF HISTORY: Southern Women and the American Past
[Editor] (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1994)
TARA REVISITED: Women, War and the Plantation Legend
(New York: Abbeville Press, 1995)
LIFE IN CIVIL WAR AMERICA
[Commissioned by the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE] (Eastern National Press, 1996)
THE DEVIL’S LANE: Sex and Race in the Early South
[co-editor] (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997)
CIVIL WAR STORIES
(Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1998) Averitt Lecture Series, Georgia Southern University.
TAKING OFF THE WHITE GLOVES: Southern Women and Women Historians
[co-editor] (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1998)
PUBLIC WOMEN AND THE CONFEDERACY
(Marquette University Press, 1999) Frank B. Klement Lecture, Marquette University.
COLUMBIA GUIDE TO AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
[co-author] (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000)
FANNY KEMBLE’S CIVIL WARS
(New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000)
FANNY KEMBLE’S JOURNALS
[editor] (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000)
SOUTHERN FAMILIES AT WAR: Loyalty and Conflict in the Civil War South
[editor] (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000)
HONORING FALLEN SOLDIERS: America’s First Memorial Day, May 1, 1865
(South Carolina Humanities Council, 2002)
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, 1565-1877
[Commissioned by the National Park Service, Eastern National Press, 2004]
HARRIET TUBMAN: THE ROAD TO FREEDOM
(New York: Little Brown, 2004) Best Non-Fiction in 2004: Christian Science Monitor & Chicago Tribune
HISTORY BOOK CLUB SELECTION BATTLE SCARS: GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN THE CIVIL WAR
[co-editor] (Oxford University Press, 2006)
REMINISCENCES OF MY LIFE IN CAMP: AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN’S CIVIL WAR MEMOIR
(University of Georgia Press, 2006)
MRS. LINCOLN: A LIFE
(Harper Collins, 2009) HISTORY BOOK CLUB SELECTION, BOOK OF THE MONTH SELECTION
MARY CHESNUT’S DIARY
[editor] (Penguin Classic, 2011)
STEPDAUGHTERS OF HISTORY: SOUTHERN WOMEN AND THE CIVIL WAR
(Louisiana State University Press, 2016) Walter J. Fleming Lectures
WE THE PEOPLE: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN SOCIAL SCIENCE SERIES
[Kindergarten-6th grade texts] 1997, 2000.
I, TOO, SING AMERICA: Three Centuries of African American Poetry
[editor] (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Children, 1998), Revised edition, 2017. Winner of the Bank Street Poetry Prize 1998 & American Library Association, Best Books for Young Adults in 1998
THE SCHOLASTIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE CIVIL WAR
(author) (New York: Scholastic Press, 1999)
THE BLACK SOLDIER
(Boston: Houghton Mifflin Children, 2000)
A POEM OF HER OWN: Women’s Voices Past and Present
(New York: Harry Abrams, 2003), New York Public Library Best Children’s Book List
HOLD THE FLAG HIGH
(New York: Harper Collins Children, 2005), Illustrated by Shane Evans
VIEWPOINTS ON AMERICAN CULTURE — Series Editor, Oxford University Press:
Sifters: Native American Women’s Lives, ed. by Theda Perdue
Long Time Gone: Sixties America Then and Now, ed. by Alexander Bloom
Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited, ed. by Jean H. Baker
Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, edited by Annette Gordon-Reed
Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, Community, ed. by Vicki Ruiz & Virginia Korral
Living in the Eighties, ed. by Gil Troy & Vincent Cannato
ESSAYS, ARTICLES, CHAPTERS IN BOOKS & REVIEWS (selected):
“Donald Trump Inauguration: How academics are spending the day,”
Times Higher Education (London), 19 January 2017.
“Clinton v. Trump’: What will you be doing on Election Night,”
Times Higher Education (London), 7 November 2016.
“White Trash: the 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg,”
Times Higher Education (London), 6 October 2016.
“Statues and Status: Lincoln in Europe,” in Lincoln in Europe,
ed. By John Dean and Olivier Frayssee, American Studies Journal, No. 60, 2016. http://www.asjournal.org/60-2016/
“A La Lutte,”
Historians’ Forum: Bonnet Brigades at 50: Reflections on Mary Elizabeth Massey and Gender in Civil War History, Civil War History, Vol. 61, Number 4, December 2015.
The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter,
Times Higher Education (London), 24 March 2015.
“Mourning in America: Death Comes to the Civil War White Houses”
in Harold Holzer, Craig Symonds & Frank Williams, Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015)
“Response to the Gettysburg Address,”
Gettysburg Replies: The World Responds to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (The Gettysburg Foundation, 2015)
A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, by Allyson Hobbs
Times Higher Education (London), 30 October 2014
Belle, Directed by Amma Asante,
Times Higher Education (London), 12 June 2014.
Twelve Years a Slave, Directed by Steve McQueen, Times Higher Education (London), 9 January 2014.
Times Higher Education (London), 23 May 2013.
Characters Of Blood: Black Heroism In The Transatlantic Imagination, by Céleste-Marie Bernier
Times Higher Education (London), 21 March 2013.
The Mary Lincoln Enigma: Historians on America’s Most Controversial First Lady
Williams, F. & Berkhimer, M. (eds.). (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012)
Review: “Lincoln in Motion”
Eric Foner’s The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2010) in Civil War History (2012).
“Breaking the Silence: Sexual Hypocrisies from Thomas Jefferson to Strom Thurmond”
in Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies ed. by Bernadette Brooten (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010)
Scarlett’s Sisters: Young Women in the Old South & Princes of Cotton: Four Diaries of Young Men in the South, 1848-1860, American Nineteenth Century History, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2010, 123-127.
Introduction: “Lincoln as Self-Made Man”
Lincoln In American Memory Reader, (Library of America & National Endowment for the Humanities We the People Initiative, 2009)
“Mrs. Lincoln and Women in Wartime New York”
in Lincoln in New York ed. by Harold Holzer [New York Historical Society, 2009]
“The Tears of a President: Lincoln, Empathy and Leadership”
Fortenbaugh Lecture, November 2008. Published by the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College.
“Lincoln: The Family Who Made Him, the Family He Made”
in Our Lincoln ed. by Eric Foner [New York: W.W. Norton, 2008]
“Scepter and Masque: Debutante Rituals in Mardi Gras New Orleans”
in Southern Manners, ed. by Ted Ownby [Oxford: University of Mississippi Press, 2007]
“Why I Write”
in Why We Write, ed. by Jim Downs [New York: Routledge, 2005]
“’Slavery is War’: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad”
Passages to Freedom ed. by David Blight (Washington: Smithsonian Press, 2004)
“The Road to Harriet Tubman,”
American Heritage, July 2004.
“Mary Modjeska Simkins”
in Notable American Women IV, ed. by Susan Ware (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005)
“The Emergence of Black Women’s Voices and the American Civil War”
in Canadian and American Women, edited by Valeria Gennaro Lerda and Roberto Maccarini (Milano: Selene Edizioni, 2002)
in Clio’s Finest: American Historians in the Late Twentieth Century (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2001)
“Concittadine divise: ‘genere’ e lealtà di parte durante la Guerra Civile Americana”
in Storia E Memoria, ed. by Susana Delfino, (Genova: Instituto Ligure, 2000)
“Zachary Taylor” and “Benjamin Harrison,”
in To the Best of My Ability, ed. by James McPherson (New York: Dorling-Kindersley, 2000)
in Reader’s Companion to the American Presidency ed., by Alan Brinkley (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000)
“Susie King Taylor”
in Forgotten Heroes of America’s Past ed. by Susan Ware (New York: Free Press, 1998). HISTORY BOOK CLUB SELECTION.
“Reading Between the Lines: Newspapers and Women in Confederate Richmond”
Atlanta History, Spring-Summer 1998.
— Winner of the Alex W. Bealer Award from the Atlanta Historical Society.
“Remembering Herbert Aptheker”
Nature, Society, and Thought, Spring-Summer, 1998.
“Southern Women and the Civil War”
Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 8, no. 3.
“Noble Women as Well”
in Robert Toplin, ed. Ken Burns’s “The Civil War (New York, Oxford, 1996).
“Gone With the Wind”
in Mark Carnes, ed., Past Imperfect, (New York, Henry Holt, 1995) — HISTORY BOOK CLUB SELECTION
“Philip Foner’s Fond Farewell”
The New Yorker, 25 March 1995.
“Contents Under Pressure: White Woman/Black History”
Marita Golden & Susan Shreve, Eds. Skin Deep: Black Women and White Women Writing on Race (New York: Nan Talese/Doubleday, 1995)
“‘With a Whip in his Hand:’ Rape, Memory and African-American Women,”
in Genvieve Fabre & Robert O’Meally, eds., African American History and Memory (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994)
“In Search of Southern Women’s History” [Review Essay] and “Bloody Terrain: Freedwomen, Sexuality and Violence During Reconstruction”
Georgia Historical Quarterly (Summer 1992)
“Southern Dishonor: Flesh, Blood, Race and Bondage”
in In Joy and In Sorrow ed. by Carol Bleser (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990)
“Caught in the Web of the Big House: Women and Slavery”
anthologized in Articles on American Slavery and Black Women in History.
“Women in the Land of Cotton”
in Myth and Southern History: The Old South ed. By Patrick Gerster & Nicholas Cords (University of Illinois Press, 1989, 2nd edition)
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BLACK WOMEN’S HISTORY (1993)
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE CONFEDERACY (1993)
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD READER’S COMPANION TO U.S. WOMEN’S HISTORY (1998),
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD SLAVERY (1998)
ENSLAVED WOMEN: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (2011)
ADVISORY & CONSULTING POSITIONS:
Consulting in 2015 with Department of Treasury and Smithsonian Institution, “The New Ten” (April 2016, announcement of women on redesigned U.S. currency, included Harriet Tubman on the proposed new $20 bill)
Consultant to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012)
Scholarly Advisory Group, President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home 2011-
Advisory Council, Ford’s Theatre Foundation, Washington, D.C. 2008-
CIVIL WAR 150, Project Team, Library of America. (2010-2016)
An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia (2008-2011), consultant
ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION (2004-2010)
Consultant, Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin (documentary) 2002
Consultant, America in the Time of the Lincolns, (documentary) WGBH, 2000
Consultant & Interview, Africans in America, (documentary) WGBH (1998)
Associate Editor, American National Biography, (Oxford University Press),1990-98
Consultant, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? WGBH 1996-7
Consultant, Encyclopedia Americana Online (Grolier’s)
Supervised commissioned essays for electronic media, 1994.
Civil War History (2010-
Civil War Times (2010-
RECENT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
President of the Southern Historical Association (2016)
Fleming Lectures, Louisiana State University, 2012
Fortenbaugh Lecture, Gettysburg College, 2008
British Academy Award, 2007
National Book Award, Non-Fiction Juror, 2003
Pulitzer Prize: Biography Jury Chair 1993; History Jury, 1986
Frank Klement Lecture, 1999-2000
Francis Parkman Prize Committee, 1991
Lincoln Prize Jury, 1995
Averitt Lectures, Georgia State College, 1996
Southern Historical Association, Executive Council 1995-98
President of Southern Association for Women Historians, 1997-98
Alex W. Bealer Prize, Atlanta Historical Society, 1998
Bank Street Poetry Prize, Bank Street College of Education,1 998
Fellowship: National Endowment for the Humanities, 2002-2003
Biographers International Organization; founding meeting at City University of New York, March 26, 2009 & first International Conference, Boston, June 2010.
Study Leader of Smithsonian Journey: “Lost Worlds, The American South Past and Present,” 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006
Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute, NYU University, July 2004 & 2005; Seminar Leader: “Freedom”
Southern Historical Association, 1975-
Southern Association for Women Historians, 1981-
Society of American Historians (elected member), 1988-
Society of Civil War Historians, 1995-
Biography International Organization, 2009-
British Early American History Group, 2008-2014
Historians of the Contemporary United States (UK), 2011-2014
British Association of Nineteenth Century Historians, 2006-
Royal Historical Society, London, 2012-2014
QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST:
Postgraduate Pathway Coordinator: U.S. History Master’s Programme (2006-2009)
Convener: AMERICAN HISTORY COLLOQUIUM 2007-2014
Co-Convener: FIRST MONDAYS WOMEN’S HISTORY SEMINAR (2007-2011)
Co-Convener- AMERICAN HISTORY COLLOQUIUM
School of History and Anthropology: INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION (2010-2014)
Organizer: Lincoln Internships for School of History Undergraduates (2008-2010)
Organizer and Convener: “Closing of the Slave Trades: Transatlantic Perspectives”
Conference held in conjunction with the Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University