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Villanova University
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Civil War, Slavery, Gender
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About Me

Currently, Judy is directing a digital project, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, that is collecting, digitizing, and transcribing information wanted ads taken out by former slaves looking for family members lost to the domestic slave trace. Her new project is a study of the administration of the 1870 census.

Professor of History at Villanova University, I also serve as Editor of the Journal of the Civil War Era.


Recent Publications

I am the author of five books, Civil War Sisterhood: The United States Sanitary Commission and Women’s Politics in Transition (Boston, MA:  Northeastern University Press, 2000),“Army at Home:” Women and the Civil War on the Northern Home Front (Chapel Hill, NC:  University of North Carolina Press, 2009), Keystone State in Crisis:  Pennsylvania in the Civil War (Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2013), and Emilie Davis’s Civil War:  The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865 (State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014.)  My latest book, Sex and the Civil War, explores pornography and the sexual culture of the U.S. Army camps during the Civil War.

I co-edited, with Randall Miller Women and the American Civil War:  North-South Counterpoints.

Media Coverage
“Jeff Sessions is wrong. Sanctuary-city advocates aren’t like secessionists. They’re like abolitionists,” Made By History, Washington Post, March 6, 2018.
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Gender, Slavery