Kari L. Boyd


Kari L. Boyd

PhD Candidate (advised by Lisa Lindquist-Dorr)

Specialty Fields: 19th and 20th-Century War and Society; U.S. South; Military; American History
MA – The University of Alabama, 2014
BA – summa cum laude, Michigan State University, 2012

Research Interests

  • War and Society
  • Spanish-American War
  • Philippine-American War
  • World War I
  • Southern Culture

Recent Publications

  • Review of Edward Larson’s George Washington, Nationalist, in Southern Historian, XXXIX (Spring 2018).
  • Review of Alison Clark Efford’s German Immigrants, Race, and Citizenship in the Civil War Era, in Southern Studies, 24 (2) (Fall/Winter 2017).
  • Review of Gregory Mixon’s Show Thyself a Man: Georgia State Troops, Colored, 1865-1905, in Southern Historian, XXXVIII (Spring 2017).
  • Review of Bertram Wyatt-Brown’s A Warring Nation: Honor, Race, and Humiliation in America’s Wars, in Southern Historian, XXXVI (Spring 2015).
  • Review of Karen L. Cox’s Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History, in Southern Historian, XXXV (Spring 2014).

Current Projects

  • Dissertation:
    “Disease, Disuse, and Disappointment: How the Experiences of Volunteer Infantrymen Influenced the Formation of the Modern National Guard, 1898-1902”, which explores the integral nature of the volunteer experience during the Spanish and Philippine Wars to the modernization of the American military after the war. By focusing on the personal experiences of individual volunteers with poor planning and rampant disease, rather than on the actions of the military high command, the reasons why the National Guard formed, among other developments, become clear.
  • Articles:
    • “Fruitless Endeavors and Unhealthy Environs: Understanding the Influences of Landscape and the Environment on American Soldier Morale, 1898-1902”
    • “Fateful Encounters: The Two Meetings of the USS Brooklyn and the Spanish Cruiser Vizcaya.