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

Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph is professor of History at Duke University in the Departments of History and African & African American Studies and a Faculty Affiliate of the Duke University Population Research Institute (DuPri) and the Program in Women's Studies. Glymph is a historian of the nineteenth century U.S. South specializing in gender and women's history, slavery, emancipation, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.  She has published numerous articles and essays and is the author of the prize-winning 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 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." Glymph is the recipient of a grant support from the National Institutes of Health for her work on Civil War refugees.  She was the 2015 John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School and will hold this appointment again in the Spring 2018 term.  She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer and a member of the American Antiquarian Society.


Office Location:  236 Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 668-1625
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Teaching (Fall 2018):


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, Mary Elizabeth Massey: Standing with the master class, Civil War History, vol. 61 no. 4 (January, 2015), pp. 412-415, ISSN 0009-8078
  2. Thavolia Glymph,, A New World of Women and a New Language, Frontiers: a Journal of Women Studies, vol. 36 no. 1 (2015), pp. 21-21, ISSN 0160-9009 [doi]
  3. Thavolia Glymph,, Telling Slavery: Archives of Life and Death, Surveillance and Control, The William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 72 no. 4 (2015), pp. 680-680, ISSN 0043-5597 [doi]
  4. Glymph, T, River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom, The Journal of American History, vol. 100 no. 4 (March, 2014), pp. 1170-1171, ISSN 0021-8723 [doi]
  5. Glymph, T, Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South, Slavery & Abolition, vol. 35 no. 1 (January, 2014), pp. 190-191, ISSN 0144-039X [doi]
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