Joan E. Cashin; B.A., The American University, 1977; M.A., 1980; Ph.D., 1985, 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]; FIRST LADY OF THE CONFEDERACY; VARINA DAVIS'S CIVIL WAR (2006, 2008); WAR STUFF: THE STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR (2018); and WAR MATTERS; MATERIAL CULTURE IN THE CIVIL ERA [editor] (2018). 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 twenty articles in scholarly publications.
She has served on the prize committes for the Merle Curti Prize, 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. For twenty years (1994-2014), she co-edited a series on Gender Relations in the American Experience at Johns Hopkins University Press, with Professor Ron Walters.