Historical Hall of Fame: Stephanie McCurry (b.___) is a specialist in Nineteenth Century American history, with a
focus on the American South, the Civil War era, and the history of women and gender.
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Stephanie McCurry was born in Belfast , Northern Ireland , attended college in Canada , at the University of Western Ontario , and
moved to the United States for graduate school. She received her M.A. from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. from the State
University of New York at Binghamton .
After nine years on the faculty of the University of California , San Diego , she moved
to Northwestern University . She joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania History Department in 2003. In 2006-2007 she
was a visiting professor of history at Princeton University . Since 2005 she has been an Organization of American Historians Distinguished
Lecturer. Over the years she has held a number of fellowships - from the Smithsonian Institution, the American Association of University
Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She is currently undergraduate chair in the history
department at the University of Pennsylvania , where she coordinates course offerings and curriculum development for the undergraduate
Stephanie McCurry is the author of Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households and the Political Culture of the Antebellum
South Carolina Low Country (Oxford University Press, 1995) which received numerous awards including the John Hope Franklin Prize of
the American Studies Association and the Charles Sydnor Award of the Southern Historical Association.
She is also the author of articles
and review essays appearing in anthologies, including Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 1992), and,
most recently, her essay “War, Gender and Emancipation in the Civil War South,” was published in William Blair and Karen Younger,
eds., Lincoln's Proclamation: Race, Place and the Paradoxes of Emancipation (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). In 2010, Stephanie
McCurry published Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South.