Thavolia Glymph
Professor of History

Thavolia Glymph is a professor of history and law at Duke University. Her work focuses on slavery, emancipation, plantation societies and economies, Reconstruction, and black political thought in the nineteenth century U.S. South. She is the author of The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation, Littlefield History of the Civil War Era Series (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), recipient of the Tom Watson Brown Book Award awarded by the Society of Civil War Historians and the Watson-Brown Foundation; the 2021 John Nau Prize for best book in the American Civil War Era awarded by the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia; 2021 Civil War and Reconstruction Book Award awarded by the Organization of American Historians; the 2021 Mary Nickliss Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians; and the 2021 Darlene Clark Hine Award awarded by the Organization of American Historians. The Women's Fight was also a finalist for the 2021 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize and Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) which received the Philip Taft Prize in Labor and Working-Class History and was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize. Glymph co-editor of two volumes of the award-winning documentary series Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and Series 1, Volume 3).  Glymph is currently completing two book projects: African American Women and Children Refugees in the Civil War: A History the Making of Freedom, supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, and "Playing 'Dixie' in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878," a study of former Civil War officers who served in the Egyptian army during the Reconstruction era.  She served as the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School in 2015 and 2018 and as a Thomas Langford Lecturer at Duke University in 2017. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer (2011-present), a member of the Scholarly Advisory Board of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and an elected member of the Society of American Historians, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors. She is past president of the Southern Historical Association (2019-2020).

On Leave, Academic Year, 2020-21


Office Hours

Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 and  by appointment

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Contact Information

  • 243A Classroom Building, 114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
  • Dept of History, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708

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