Kari Boyd

Kari Boyd


  • Gender and Women's History
  • Southern History



  • MA, The University of Alabama, 2014
  • BA, Michigan State University, summa cum laude, 2012

Research Interests

  • War and Society
  • Civil War
  • Spanish-American War
  • World War I
  • Masculinity
  • Southern Culture

Recent Publications

  • Review of A Warring Nation: Honor, Race, and Humiliation in America’s Wars by Bertram Wyatt-Brown, in Southern Historian, Spring 2015.

Current Projects

  • My dissertation topic looks at how warfare interrupts the “normal” growing-up process for young American soldiers, how soldiers struggled with this interruption, and how they attempted to recreate normalcy while at war. I follow these relationships from the Civil War, to the Spanish American and Filipino Wars, and finally World War I. I draw heavily from letters sent by soldiers to their parents at home in order to best understand how young soldiers achieved “manhood” at war.