Ph.D. – State University of New York, Binghamton, 1988
M.A. – University of Rochester, 1983
B.A. –University of Western Ontario, 1981
Interests and Research
Stephanie McCurry, Professor of History, specializes in the nineteenth century United States, the American South, the American Civil War and the history of women and gender. Current interests include the history of the United States in the immediate post-Civil War moment, the history of postwar societies and processes of reconstruction in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the matter of marriage, politics and the state in the modern period.
To read an excerpt of Professor McCurry's newest book Women's War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War (2019), please visit this link.
For a video of a recent lecture, please see this link.
- Richard Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Pennsylvania, 2014.
- Elected, Member, Society of American Historians, 2013.
- Confederate Reckoning: Frederick Douglass Book Prize of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery and Abolition, 2011.
- Confederate Reckoning: Pulitzer Prize finalist, April 2011.
- Confederate Reckoning: Merle Curti Prize, Organization of American Historians, 2011.
- Confederate Reckoning: Avery O. Craven Award of the Organization of American Historians, 2011.
- Confederate Reckoning: Willie Lee Rose Prize of the Southern Association of Women Historians, 2011.
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2003-04.
- Masters of Small Worlds: John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, 1996.
- Masters of Small Worlds: Francis Butler Simkins Prize of the Southern Historical Association, 1997.
- Masters of Small Worlds: Charles Sydnor Prize of the Southern Historical Association, 1996.
- Masters of Small Worlds: Willie Lee Rose Prize of the Southern Association of Women Historians, 1997.
- Masters of Small Worlds: Best Book Prize of the South Carolina Historical Association, 1995.
Massive Open Online Course
- The History of the Slave South, 10 weeks, offered on the Coursera Platform, January –March 2014, January –March 2015
- Member, Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History Advisory Board
- Member, Editorial Board, Journal of the Civil War Era
- Columnist, “Her War,” America’s Civil War
- Co-Convener, International History Workshop
Women’s War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War (2019). To read an excerpt: "A Very Great Change."
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (2012).
Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country (1995).
“Rich Pickings,” Times Literary Supplement, April 10, 2015.
“Lincoln Memorials,” Times Literary Supplement, February 15, 2013.
“Civil Wars - Ours and Theirs,” in Dixie Redux: Essays in Honor of Sheldon Hackney, Raymond Arsenault and Orville Vernon Burton, eds. (New South Books, 2013).
“The U.S. Won the Civil War,” New York Times, Room for Debate, July 2, 2013.
“Why Do We Love Our Civil War?” Civil War Times, vol. 51, 5 (October 2012).
“The Rebel Constitution,” (an annotated interactive version), New York Times, Opinionator, March 10, 2011.
“Did the Confederacy Get What It Deserved? Coming to Grips with the Civil War,” American History, vol. 45, 5 (December 2010).
“War, Gender and Emancipation in the Civil War South,” in Bill Blair and Karen Younger, eds., Lincoln’s Proclamation: Race, Place and the Paradoxes of Emancipation (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), pp. 121-150.
“Women Numerous and Armed: Gender and the Politics of Subsistence in the Civil War South,” in Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh, eds., Wars Within a War: Controversy and Conflict over the American Civil War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), pp. 1-26.
“The Citizen Wife,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Winter 2005), pp. 1659-1670.
“The Sisters’ War?, The Women’s Review of Books, Vol. XVII, No. 12, (September 2000), pp. 21-23.
“Steel Magnolias: The Women’s Review of Books, Vol. XIV, No. 6 (March 1997), pp. 13-14.
“Piedmont Mill Workers and the Politics of History,” Labour/Le Travail, Vol. 29 (Spring 1992), pp. 229-237.
“The Two Faces of Republicanism: Gender and Proslavery Politics in Antebellum South Carolina,”Journal of American History, Vol. 78, No. 4 (March 1992), pp. 1245-1262.
“The Politics of Yeoman Households in South Carolina,” in Catherine Clinton and Nina Silber, eds., Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), pp. 22-38.