Thavolia Glymph
Professor of African and African American Studies

Thavolia Glymph is professor of History at Duke University in the Departments of History and African & African American Studies and a Faculty Affiliate of the Duke University Population Research Institute (DuPri) and the Program in Women's Studies. Glymph is a historian of the nineteenth century U.S. South specializing in gender and women's history, slavery, emancipation, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.  She has published numerous articles and essays and is the author of the prize-winning Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household  (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-editor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation , 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and and Series 1, Volume 3).  She is currently completing two book projects, Women at  War: Race, Gender, and Power in the American Civil War  and African American Women and Children Refugees  in the Civil War . Her next project is entitled "Playing “Dixie” in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878." Glymph has received research support from the National Institutes of Health for her work on Civil War refugees.  She was the 2015 John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School, an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and a member of the American Antiquarian Society.


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