Faculty Experts - Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.

Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.

Area of Expertise:

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


The pivotal roles that women have played in shaping American history from the Revolutionary War days to the present have often been ignored, downplayed or stereotyped. But, the magnitude of the contribution women made to the nation during the Civil War is undeniable and a source of endless fascination for Dr. Giesberg. Her depth of knowledge of the U.S. Civil War and its feminine side will be in high demand as the nation prepares to commemorate the 150th anniversary in 2011. She can also discuss Lincoln's America, Civil War Reconstruction and Nineteenth Century Reform Movements.


  • 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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