Thavolia Glymph, Professor of History and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center

Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph, professor of history and law, studies the U.S. South with a focus on nineteenth century social history.  She has published numerous articles and essays and is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-editor of two volumes of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and Series 1, Volume 3).  She is currently completing two book projects, Women at War: Race, Gender, and Power in the American Civil War and African American Women and Children Refugees in the Civil War. Her next project is entitled "Playing “Dixie” in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878." She has received grant support from the National Institutes of Health for her work on Civil War refugees and was the 2015 John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School in 2015 and 2018.   She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and a member of the American Antiquarian Society.


Office Location:  Box 90719, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), 114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 668-1625
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Teaching (Fall 2018):

Teaching (Spring 2019):

Office Hours:

Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 and  by appointment

Race and Ethnicity
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Military History
Labor and Working Class History
United States and Canada
Research Interests: U.S. History, Slavery, Emancipation and Civil War, Southern Women



Current Ph.D. Students  

Recent Publications

  1. Glymph, T, "I'm a Radical Girl:" Black Women Unionists and the Politics of Civil War History,” Journal of the Civil War Era 8.3 (September 2018): 359-87., Journal of the Civil War Era 8.3 (September 2018): 359 87., vol. 8 no. 3 (September, 2018), pp. 359-387, University of North Carolina Press
  2. Glymph, T, “Invisible disabilities”: Black women in war and in freedom, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 160 no. 3 (September, 2016), pp. 237-246
  3. Glymph, T, “‘Invisible Disabilities’": Black Women in War and in Freedom,” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 160 (September 2016): 237-53., Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 160 (September, 2016), pp. 237-253, The American Philosophical Society
  4. Glymph, T, Mary Elizabeth Massey: Standing with the master class, Civil War History, vol. 61 no. 4 (January, 2015), pp. 412-415, ISSN 0009-8078
  5. Foner, E, ERIC FONER'S “RECONSTRUCTION” AT TWENTY-FIVE, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, vol. 14 no. 01 (January, 2015), pp. 13-27 [doi]
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