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Department of History


Thomas J. Brown

Title: Professor
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2341
Office: Gambrell Hall, Room 146
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
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B.A., M.A., J.D., Ph D. Harvard University


Teaches U.S. history with special interests in the Civil War and Reconstruction era and in cultural and intellectual history.


Professor Brown's most recent book, Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) received the Tom Watson Brown Book Award of the Society of Civil War Historians. He is also the author of Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in South Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2015) and Dorothea Dix, New England Reformer (Harvard University Press, 1998). He has edited several books, including Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) and Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States (Oxford University Press, 2006). He is the co-editor of Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001). 


I am collaborating on a cross-national book about Zouave soldiers with Professor Carol Harrison. I also continue to work with the Historic Columbia on historical interpretation at the Museum of Reconstruction at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

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