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Carol Sheriff

Professor, History

Office: Blair 314
Email: [[cxsher]]
Regional Areas of Research: United States
Thematic Areas of Research: Cultural/Intellectual, Social and Labor


Carol Sheriff specializes in nineteenth-century social and cultural history, with an emphasis on the period from 1815-1865. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993, and her first book, The Artificial River, The Erie Canal and the Paradoxes of Progress, 1817-1862 (Hill and Wang, 1996), won the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize from the New York State Historical Association.  With Scott Reynolds Nelson, she wrote A People at War: Civilians and Soldiers in America's Civil War, 1854-1877 (Oxford University Press, 2007).  She is currently working on a book tentatively entitled “‘Not a brother’s war’: America’s Embattled Textbooks,” which examines how state-history textbooks have portrayed contested historical events from the 1860s through the present and the grassroots activism that they have provoked.   She began exploring these issues in “Virginia’s Embattled Textbooks: Lessons Learned (And Not) from the Centennial Era,” which appeared in Civil War History (March 2012).  Meanwhile, Sheriff continues to author four chapters of Mary Beth Norton, et al., A People and A Nation, which is currently being revised for its tenth edition.