Milbauer Visiting Scholars, 2007

Laura Edwards is professor of history at Duke University; she received a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1991. Her work focuses on women, gender, slavery, and the law in the nineteenth-century South. In addition to numerous articles and her most recent work, The People and their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South(2009), Edwards has published two books, Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction (1997) and Scarlett Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era (2000). Gendered Strife and Confusion won Choice magazine’s award for Outstanding Academic Book. She has held fellowships at the Newberry Library, Stanford Humanities Center, and the National Center for Politics and Public Policy. She is the former president of the Southern Association for Women Historians.

Peter Carmichael is Eberly Family Professor of History at West Virginia University. He received his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in 1996. His books include Lee’s Young Artillerist: William R. J. Pegram (1995) and The Last Generation: Young Virginians in Peace, War, and Reunion (2005). He has also edited two volumes, Audacity Personified: Essays on the Generalship of Robert E. Lee(2004) and Slavery in North America: From the Colonial Period to Emancipation: The Civil War and Emancipation, Vol. 4 (2009). His articles have been featured inThe Virginia Magazine of History and Biography and Civil War History, as well as numerous compilations.

Kevin Kruse is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University. He studies political, legal, and social history of the twentieth-century United States, focusing on conflicts over race, religion, and rights. He received his doctorate from Cornell University in 2000. His first book, White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (2005), won the 2007 Francis B. Simkins Award from the Southern Historical Association, the 2007 Best Book Award in Urban Politics from the American Political Science Association, and the Malcolm Bell Jr. and Muriel Barrow Bell Award for Best Book in Georgia History from the Georgia Historical Society in 2007. His current project, One Nation Under God: Cold War Christianity and the Origins of the Religious Right is an examination of a social movement which originated in religious conservatives’ reaction to Supreme Court decisions on school prayer, abortion, homosexual rights and other social issues. He is co-editor of three collections: The New Suburban History (2006), with Thomas Sugrue; Spaces of the Modern City (2008), with Gyan Prakash; and Mobilizing the Movement(forthcoming) with Stephen Tuck.

Jack Temple Kirby was W. E. Smith Professor Emeritus of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and lived on Anastasia Island in Florida. He was author or editor of several books, including Rural Worlds Lost: The American South, 1920-1960 and Poquosin: A Study of Rural Landscape and Society (from the University of North Carolina Press). His most recent work, Mockingbird Song: Ecological Landscapes of the South, was awarded the Bancroft Prize for 2007.

Aaron Sheehan-Dean is an associate professor at the University of North Florida. His current research interests include the political and social history and the U.S. Civil War and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in history. Professor Dean has published three books: Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War VirginiaThe View from the Ground: Experiences of Civil War Soldiers,Struggle for a Vast Future: The American Civil War and is currently working on anAtlas of the Civil War Era for Oxford University Press.