- Antebellum America
- American Civil War
- Abolitionism and Slavery
- American Civil War
- American Revolution & the New Nation
- Antebellum America, 1815-1860
- United States History Survey, 1607-1865
- Research Seminar: American Civil War
- United States History Survey, 1865 to the present
- Western Civilization Survey, ancient world to 1500
- Western Civilization Survey, 1500 to the present
Professional Conferences/Public Appearances/Lectures
- Lecturer, “How Did the Peninsula Campaign Lead to Emancipation?” Rural Plains Foundation Lecture Series: “Lectures on the Lawn,” Mechanicsville, Virginia, May 21, 2015.
- Paper Presentation, “What Should Historians Make of ‘Black Confederates?’” Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians 2014 Conference, Rice University, Houston, Texas, April 5, 2014.
- Interviewed, After Slavery blog, by Professor Brian Kelly, December 9, 2012.
- Lecturer, “The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation,” at Colonial National Park Symposium: “Contraband, Freedmen and Community: The African American Experience in the Union Occupied South during the Civil War,” Yorktown, Virginia, July 20, 2013.
- Interviewed, “Behind the Lines” video, for Civil War Monitor, September 28, 2012.
- Lecturer, “The Peninsula Campaign: ‘Black Confederates,’ Entrenchments, Military Intelligence, and the Necessity of Emancipation,” presented at the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June 23, 2012.
- Panel Discussion, “Debating Emancipation,” at the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June 23, 2012.
- Interviewed, “Civil Talk Radio,” by Professor Gerry Prokopowicz, June 22, 2012.
- Virtual Book Signing, Abraham Lincoln Bookshop, Chicago, Illinois, March 31, 2012.
- Panel Commentator, “Resistance and Redefinition in the American South During the American Civil War,” University of Alabama Graduate Student History Conference, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 7, 2009.
Awards and Honors
- Center for Civil War Research, University of Mississippi, Wiley-Silver Prize in Civil War History, October, 2013.
- Southern Historical Association, one of three finalists for the 2008 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize.
- College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama, Outstanding Dissertation Award, February 2008.
- Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia, Mellon Research Fellowship, March 2005.
- Department of History, University of Alabama, Frank Lawrence Owsley Award for Superior Competency in American History, April 2004.
- “A Paean to PBS’ Mercy Street: The One Show That Got The Civil War Right,” Smithsonian.com, April 17, 2017.
- “A Visit to Williamsburg,” Civil War Monitor 5:3 (Fall, 2015).
- “What Should Historians Make of Black Confederates?” Civil War Monitor “Frontline,” May 5, 2014.
- “The Peninsula Campaign,” Essential Civil War Curriculum, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech, February, 2015
- “Courage and Confusion at Olustee,” New York Times “Disunion” series, February 22, 2014.
- “Williamsburg Battlefield Trust, Embattled,” Virginia Gazette, August 17, 2012.
- “Striking the Blow at Fort Wagner,” New York Times “Disunion” series, July 18, 2013.
- “The Battle in Public: Newspaper Reports from Gettysburg,” Civil War Monitor “Frontline,” July 1, 2013.
- “Creating ‘The Glorious 54th‘,” New York Times “Disunion” series, April 11, 2013.
- ‘The Origins of Emancipation,” The Civil War Monitor 2:4 (Winter 2012).
- “Essential Reading on the Peninsula Campaign,” The Civil War Monitor 2:2 (Summer 2012).
- “General Hancock’s Hour,” New York Times “Disunion” series, May 8, 2012.
- “The Steward-Turned-Spy,” New York Times “Disunion” series, March 30, 2012.
- Senior Associate Editor, Southern Historian, volume 27 (Spring, 2006).
- “Conversation: Dr. Gary Gallagher,” Southern Historian, volume 26 (Spring, 2005).
- Edna Greene Medford, Lincoln and Emancipation, in Civil War Monitor“Bookshelf,” (June 1, 2016).
- Colin Edward Woodward, Marching Masters; Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army during the Civil War, in North Carolina Historical Review 93:2 (April, 2016).
- Jeremy J. Tewell, A Self-Evident Lie: Southern Slavery and the Threat to American Freedom, in H-Net Reviews (August, 2015).
- Jonathan W. White, Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln, in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 113:4 (Autumn, 2015).
- Michael B. Ballard and Mark R. Cheathem, eds., Of Times and Race: Essays Inspired by John F. Marszalek, in Journal of Southern History 80 (May, 2014).
- Jaime Amanda Martinez, Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South, in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 122 (February, 2014).
- Steve McQueen (director), 12 Years a Slave (2013, film), University of North Carolina Press Blog, (November 26, 2013).
- James Oakes, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, in The Civil War Monitor “Bookshelf” (May 1, 2013).
- Ronald S. Coddington, African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album, in The Civil War Monitor “Bookshelf,” (February, 27, 2013).
- Steven Spielberg (director), Lincoln (film), in The Civil War Monitor“Bookshelf,” (November 28, 2012).
- Eric J. Wittenberg, Glory Enough For All: Sheridan’s Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station, in Civil War History 49 (December, 2003).
- Noah Andre Trudeau, Like Men Of War: Black Troops In The Civil War, 1862-1865, in Civil War: The Magazine of the Civil War Society, 72 (February, 1999).
Public History Blogs
- History Headlines (My own public history website).
- “Mercy Street Season Two” (2017), Journal of the Civil War Era blog, January 27, 2017.
- “Roots (1977) versus Roots (2016),” Journal of the Civil War Era blog, June 6, 2016.
- “How Robert E. Lee [Ironically] Helped Destroy Slavery,” We’re History, June 1, 2016.
- “Glory: The Film that Changed Everything,” Civil War Pop: entry 16, July 23, 2015.