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Paul Quigley

Paul Quigley, Associate Professor

Paul Quigley, Associate Professor
Paul Quigley, Associate Professor, Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, and Director of the Center for Humanities

Department of History
405 Major Williams Hall, 220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9090 |

Paul Quigley is James I. Robertson, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil War Studies , Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, and the Director of the Virginia Tech's Center for Humanities. He is currently researching Preston Brooks and political violence in the 1850s, and the use of Augmented Reality in the public history of slavery and the Civil War era.

  • American Civil War
  • U.S. South
  • Nationalism
  • Political Violence
  • Augmented Reality
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Lancaster University
  • Editorial Board, Civil War History
  • Board Member, Smithfield-Preston Foundation
  • XCaliber Award for Technology-Enriched Teaching and Learning (2023)
  • Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence in Individual Achievement, Virginia Tech Alumni Association (2020)
  • Albert Lee Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence, Virginia Tech (2014)
  • British Association for American Studies Book Prize (2012)
  • Jefferson Davis Award, Museum of the Confederacy (2012)


Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848—1865. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Edited Books

The Civil War and the Transformation of American CitizenshipLSU Press, 2018.

Reconciliation after Civil Wars: Global Perspectives, coedited with James Hawdon. Routledge, 2018

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Nai-Ching Wang, David Hicks, Paul Quigley, and Kurt Luther, “Read-Agree-Predict: A crowdsourced approach to discovering relevant primary sources for historians,” Human Computation 6 (2019): 147-175.

“The American Civil War and the Transatlantic Triumph of Volitional Citizenship,” in The Transnational Significance of the American Civil War, eds. Joerg Nagler, Don H. Doyle, and Marcus Graser (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 33-48.

“Civil War Conscription and the International Boundaries of Citizenship,” Journal of the Civil War Era, 4.3 (September 2014): 373-397.

“Slavery, Democracy, and the Problem of Planter Authority in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. South,” in “Noble Means and Democratic Ways” special issue, Journal of Modern European History 11 (2013/14): 514-532.

"State, Nation, and Citizen in the Confederate Crucible of War,” in State and Citizen: British America and the Early United States, ed. Peter Onuf and Peter Thompson (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012), 242-270.

“Secessionists in an Age of Secession: The Slave South in Transatlantic Perspective,” in Secession as an International Phenomenon, ed. Don H. Doyle (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010), 151-173.

  • PI, “Experiencing Civil War History Through Augmented Reality: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Environment at Pamplin Historical Park.” National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Projects for the Public Grants, 2021-22 (planning level), 2023-25 (prototyping level).
  • PI, “Mapping the Fourth of July.” National Historic Publications and Records Commission “Literacy and
  • Engagement with Historical Records” Grant, 2015-2017.

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