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Thavolia Glymph

Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History
Dept of History, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708
224 Classroom Building, Box 90719, 1356 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours Tuesday, 2:00-4:00pm and by appointment  


Thavolia Glymph is a professor of History and Law and Faculty Research Scholar at the Duke Population Research Institute (DUPRI) at Duke University where she holds the Peabody Family Distinguished Professorship in History. She is president-elect of the American Historical Association and holds the 2023-24 Rogers Distinguished Fellow in Nineteenth Century American History at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California. She is the author of two monographs and numerous articles and essays. Her book, The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), won the Albert J. Beveridge Award, American Historical Association; the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize, American Historical Association, the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians; Tom Watson Brown Book Award awarded by the Society of Civil War Historians and the Watson-Brown Foundation; the 2021 John Nau Prize awarded by the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia; the 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; the 2021 Darlene Clark Hine Award awarded by the Organization of American Historians, and was a finalist for the 2021 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize. Her book, Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) was a winner of the 2009 Philip Taft Book Prize and a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize. She is co-editor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 and is currently completing two book manuscripts titled "African American Women and Children Refugees in the Civil War" supported by a National Institutes of Health grant and “Playing ‘Dixie’ in Egypt: A Transnational Transcript of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship." In 2015 and 2018, Glymph served as the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School. She is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and serves on its Executive Board and an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Board of Directors of the Gettysburg Foundation. She serves on several editorial boards and is past president of the Southern Historical Association (2019-2020) and an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.



Current Appointments & Affiliations

Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History · 2021 - Present History, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of History · 2017 - Present History, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Law · 2021 - Present School of Law
Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies · 2023 - Present Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center · 2013 - Present Duke Population Research Center, Duke Population Research Institute

Education, Training & Certifications

Purdue University · 1994 Ph.D.
Purdue University · 0000 M.A.
Hampton University · 0000 B.A.