Thavolia Glymph
Professor of History

Thavolia Glymph is a professor of history and law at Duke University. Her work focuses on the 19th century U.S. South.  Glymph is the author of 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. Her most recent book is The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). She is co-editor of Series 1, Volume 1 and Series 1, Volume 3 of the award-winning documentary series Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867.  She 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.  In 2015 and 2018, Glymph was the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School and in 2017, a Thomas Langford Lecturer at Duke University. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, a member of the American Antiquarian Society, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Gettysburg Foundation. She is president of the Southern Historical Association.

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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