Faculty Experts - Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.

Area of Expertise:

  • U.S. Civil War
  • Women's History
  • Slavery


Giesberg is an expert on the history of women and gender during the U.S. Civil War, having written two monographs on the understudied roles of women in relief efforts during the war and the experiences of working class women in the Civil War era north.  She studies African American communities during the war, in particular in the North.  Giesberg has just completed a study on the pornography trade during the war and is working on a project now collecting and digitizing information wanted ads taken out by former slaves looking for loved ones lost in the domestic slave trade.


  • Ph.D., Boston College
  • M.A., Boston College
  • B.A., Trinity University

Selected Publications

  • Army at Home: Women and the Northern Civil War on the Home Front, University of North Carolina Press, September 2009.
  • Civil War Sisterhood: The United States Sanitary Commission and Women's Politics in Transition, Northeastern University Press, March 2000. (Paperback reprint: University Press of New England, 2006).
  • "'Somewhat as the Indians:' Pennsylvania's Soldiers' Orphan Schools and the Post-War Politics of Race," in Children, Youth, and the Sectional Conflict, James Marten, ed., New York University Press, Spring 2010.
  • "'The Fortieth Congress, Southern Women, and the Gender Politics of Postwar Occupation," in Occupied Women: Gender, Military Occupation and the American Civil War, LeeAnn Whites and Alecia P. Long, eds., Louisiana State University Press, 2009, 185-193.
  • "'To Forget and Forgive:' Reconstructing the Nation in the Post Civil War Classroom," Civil War History, 52, 3, Fall 2006, 282-302.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of History, Northern Arizona University
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Boston College
  • Grant Administrator, Harvard University School of Public Health

Selected Research

  • National Endowment for Humanities Summer Fellowship
  • Huntington Library Fellowship
  • Villanova University Faculty Research Grant
  • Ruth R. Miller Fellowship for Research in Women's History Massachusetts Historical Association
  • Scholar in Residence, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission


  • National Endowment for Humanities Summer Fellowship, 2006-2007.
  • Huntington Library Scholar in Residence, 2006-2007.
  • Villanova University Faculty Research Grant, 2005-2006.
  • Ruth R. Miller Fellowship for Research in Women 's History, 2004-2005. Massachusetts Historical Association
  • Scholar in Residence, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2004-2005.

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