Joan E. Cashin


Joan E. Cashin; B.A., The American University, 1977; M.A., 1980; Ph.D., 1986, Harvard University.

An historian of the United States, Professor Cashin specializes in social, economic, and cultural history, including the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras. She has published A FAMILY VENTURE; MEN AND WOMEN ON THE SOUTHERN FRONTIER(New York: Oxford University Press, 1991, 1994); OUR COMMON AFFAIRS; TEXTS FROM WOMEN IN THE OLD SOUTH (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996); THE WAR WAS YOU AND ME; CIVILIANS IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002) [editor]; and FIRST LADY OF THE CONFEDERACY; VARINA DAVIS'S CIVIL WAR (2006, 2008). The Davis biography won the Fletcher Pratt Award from the Civil War Roundtable of New York and was a finalist for three other prizes. She has also published sixteen articles in scholarly publications. Professor Cashin has two books under contract with Cambridge University Press and University of North Carolina Press. They concern the environmental and material history of the Civil War, and they will appear in 2018.

She has served on the prize committes for the Beveridge-Dunning Prize, the Berkshire Prize, and the Lincoln Prize, as well as the selection committee for the James Madison Fellowship, among other prizes; currently she serves on the board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the editorial board of the JOURNAL OF FAMILY HISTORY. Since 1994, she has co-edited a series on Gender Relations in the American Experience at Johns Hopkins University Press, with Professor Ron Walters.


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