- American Civil War
- U.S. South
- Advisory Board, American Civil War Museum
- Editorial Board, Civil War History
- Ph.D. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
- M.A. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
- B.A. Lancaster University
Awards and Honors
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)
The Civil War and the Transformation of American Citizenship. LSU Press, 2018.
Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848—1865. Oxford University Press, 2011.
“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.
Current Research: Preston Brooks and Political Violence in the 1850s; Mapping the Fourth of July in the American Civil War Era; Citizenship and the American Civil War.