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University of South Dakota
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Women’s history, American Civil War, memory studies, American West
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Peterson is the Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of South Dakota (Vermillion) and the Managing Director of the Society of Civil War Historians. She also serves as co-director of the federally funded Civil War & Reconstruction Governors of Mississippi Project (, which is digitizing, transcribing, and annotating nearly 20,000 records from Mississippi’s governors’ offices and making them freely available online. Peterson received a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Southern Mississippi (2022) and a M.A. in history from the University of South Dakota (2015). Her research has been published in numerous scholarly journals including War & Society and Civil War History. She is also the winner of several awards and fellowships, including the 2024 Anthony E. Kaye Memorial Essay Award and the 2022 Outstanding Paper by a Graduate Student from the Society of Civil War Historians. Her current manuscript project examines the intersection of race, gender, and place in westerners’ Union Civil War commemorations to reveal how western Unionists remembered and celebrated the American Civil War to bolster their competing visions of western expansion and social order.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
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United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Gender, Military, Public History, Race, Sexuality, Women