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Professor Joan Waugh of the UCLA History Department researches and writes about nineteenth-century America, specializing in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Gilded Age eras. Waugh has published numerous essays and books on Civil War topics, both single authored and edited, including her prize-winning U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). Other works include Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (Harvard University, 1998); Civil War and Reconstruction, 1856 to 1859 (Facts on File, 2003, 2010); The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2004), and Wars Within A War: Controversy and Conflict Over the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). The recipient of Huntington Library, NEH and Gilder-Lehrman fellowships, she has been interviewed for many documentaries, including the PBS series, “American Experience” on Ulysses S. Grant and the History Channel’s production of “Lee and Grant.” Waugh has also published a number of op-eds on current controversies regarding Civil War issues for media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and Salon.com. An active public speaker, Professor Waugh recently delivered the 50th Annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and the Joanna Dunlap Cowden Memorial Lecture at California State University at Chico. Serving on many advisory boards and editorial boards, Dr. Waugh has been honored with four teaching prizes, including UCLA’s most prestigious teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her dedication to teaching reaches far beyond the campus classroom and she has participated in many local, state-wide and national teaching workshops for elementary, middle-school and high school teachers. She led groups of Southern California teachers on Civil War battlefield trips and developed and led a summer travel-study program (four summers in a row) for UCLA students to go on a two-week field trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Antietam, Maryland, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Professor Waugh’s current research agenda includes two book projects: a study of Harvard-educated Union officers and an examination of the nature of surrender during the Civil War. Click here for her article on surrender in the Fall 2012 The Journal of the Civil War Era: "'I Only Knew What Was in My Mind': Ulysses S. Grant and the Meaning of Appomattox"
UCLA At Gettysburg students walking through the famous “wheat field” at Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998).
U.S. Grant, American Hero, American Myth, University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
- History Book Club Main Selection, November, 2009
- Military Book Club, Alternative Selection, November, 2009
- Book of the Month Club, Alternative Selection, November, 2009
- Book of the Month Club 2, Online Selection, November, 2009
- A Washington Post Critic's Favorite Book of 2009
- Jefferson Davis Book Award, The Museum of the Confederacy
- William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography, Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York
- 2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
II. Edited Books
Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009). (Co-edited with Gary W. Gallagher, and contributed introduction and one essay titled, "The Nation's Greatest Hero Should Rest in the Nation's Greatest City").
The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004). (Co-edited with Alice Fahs, and contributed introduction and one essay titled, “U.S. Grant, Historian.”)
- Winner of the 2004 New York Military Affairs Symposium Civil War Book Award
Civil War and Reconstruction, 1856 to 1869. (New York: Facts on File, 2003).
Volume 5, of Gary B. Nash, general editor, Encyclopedia of U.S. History; Second edition forthcoming, 2008.
- Winner of four awards
III. Refereed Articles and Book Chapters
“I Only Knew What Was in my Mind: Ulysses S. Grant and the Meaning of Appomattox,” The Journal of the Civil War Era (September, 2012).
“Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: A History of the Union Cause,” in James Marten and A. Kristen Foster, eds., More Than A Contest Between Armies (Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 2008).
“New England Cavalier: Charles Russell Lowell in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign,” in Gary W. Gallagher, ed., The 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006).
“Pageantry of Woe: The Funeral of U.S. Grant,” Civil War History (June, 2005).
“The Funeral of U.S. Grant: A Meditation on Gilded Age Religion and Reunion,” Edward J. Blum and W. Scott Poole, eds. Vale of Tears: New Essays on Religion and Reconstruction (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2005). (Revised and expanded version of “Pageantry of Woe,” in Civil War History (June, 2005).
“Give This Man Work: The Charity Organization City of the City of New York and the Depression of 1893” Social Science History Journal (Summer 2001).
“A Sacrifice We Owed: The Shaw Family and the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts,” in Martin H. Blatt, Thomas J. Brown, Donald Yacovone, eds., Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Regiment (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001).
IV. Published Lecture
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: A History of the Union Cause. Twelfth Annual Frank L. Klement Lecture (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2003).
V. Scholarly Introductions
Harold Holzer, Ed., Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (Modern Library, 2011).
John J. Pullen, The Twentieth Maine: A Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2008).
The Letters of Charles Russell Lowell, by Edward Waldo Emerson (University of South Carolina Press, 2005), pp. xiii-xlii.
The Philanthropic Work of Josephine Shaw Lowell, by William Rhindlander Stewart (Cambridge, MA: Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, Philanthropy Classics Access Project, 2006).
VI. Encyclopedia Entries
Author of 40 entries in Civil War and Reconstruction, 1856 to 1869 (New York: Facts on File, 2003), Volume 5, of Gary B. Nash, general editor, Encyclopedia of U.S. History. Second edition forthcoming.
“Charity Organization Societies” and “Josephine Shaw Lowell,” entries for Encyclopedia of Social Welfare, Sage Publications, 2005.
“Charity Organization Movement,” entry for the Oxford Companion to United States History, Fall 2000.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
2009 Jefferson Davis Book Award, Museum of the Confederacy
William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography, Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York
Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library, 2005-2006
Travel and Research Grant, UCLA, 1996-2008
UCLA History Department Research and Travel Grant, 2002-2003.
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Henry E. Huntington Library, 2001-2002.
Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, New York Historical Society, 1999-2000.
Huntington Library Fellowship, San Marino, California, 1997-98.
Finalist, Nevins Prize, The Society of American Historians, 1993.
Mary Wollstonecraft Dss. Prize, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, 1992.
Woodrow Wilson Research Grant in Women’s Studies, 1991.
TEACHING PRIZES AND DISTINCTIONS
“Outstanding Professor in the History Department,” Phi Alpha Theta Annual Student Faculty Dinner, May 28, 2008.
Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2004-2010
UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 2004
UCLA Brian Copenhaver Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology, 2003
Chair’s Outstanding Teacher/Mentor Award, UCLA History Department, 2000-2001.
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