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Joan Waugh


Professor & Vice Chair for Academic Personnel


Contact Information

Email    JWAUGH@HISTORY.UCLA.EDU
Office  9351 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-1865

Professor Joan Waugh of the UCLA History Department researches and writes about nineteenth-century America, specializing in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Gilded Age eras. Waugh has published numerous essays and books on Civil War topics, both single authored and edited, including her prize-winning U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). Her most recent book (co-authored with Gary W. Gallagher), is entitled The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (State College, PA: Flip Learning,2015) Other works include Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (Harvard University, 1998); Civil War and Reconstruction, 1856 to 1859 (Facts on File, 2003, 2010); The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2004), and Wars Within A War: Controversy and Conflict Over the American Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2009). The recipient of Huntington Library, NEH and Gilder-Lehrman fellowships, she has been interviewed for many documentaries, including the PBS series, “American Experience” on Ulysses S. Grant and the History Channel’s production of “Lee and Grant.” Waugh has also published a number of op-eds on current controversies regarding Civil War issues for media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and Salon.com. An active public speaker, Professor Waugh recently delivered the 50th Annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the Joanna Dunlap Cowden Memorial Lecture at California State University at Chico, and the Andrew Bell Appleby Memorial Lecture at San Diego State University. Serving on numerous advisory boards and editorial boards, Dr. Waugh has been honored with four teaching prizes, including UCLA’s most prestigious teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her dedication to teaching reaches far beyond the campus classroom and she has participated in local, state-wide and national teaching workshops for elementary, middle-school and high school teachers. She led groups of Southern California teachers on Civil War battlefield trips and developed and led a summer travel-study program for UCLA students to go on a two-week field trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Antietam, Maryland, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Professor Waugh’s current research agenda includes two book projects: a study of Harvard-educated Union officers and an examination of the nature of surrender during the Civil War. In 2013-2014 Dr. Waugh holds the Stephen and Janet Rogers Distinguished Fellowship in Nineteenth Century American History at the Henry Huntington Library in San Marino, Califo Click here for her article on surrender in the Fall 2012 The Journal of the Civil War Era: "'I Only Knew What Was in My Mind': Ulysses S. Grant and the Meaning of Appomattox"

UCLA At Gettysburg students walking through the famous “wheat field” at Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Awards

HONORS AND AWARDS

2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

2009 Jefferson Davis Book Award, Museum of the Confederacy

William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography, Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York

Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow of the Huntington Library, 2005-2006

Travel and Research Grant, UCLA, 1996-2008

UCLA History Department Research and Travel Grant, 2002-2003.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the Henry E. Huntington Library, 2001-2002.

Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, New York Historical Society, 1999-2000.

Huntington Library Fellowship, San Marino, California, 1997-98.

Finalist, Nevins Prize, The Society of American Historians, 1993.

Mary Wollstonecraft Dss. Prize, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, 1992.

Woodrow Wilson Research Grant in Women’s Studies, 1991.


TEACHING PRIZES AND DISTINCTIONS

“Outstanding Professor in the History Department,” Phi Alpha Theta Annual Student Faculty Dinner, May 28, 2008.

Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program, 2004-2010

UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 2004

UCLA Brian Copenhaver Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology, 2003

Chair’s Outstanding Teacher/Mentor Award, UCLA History Department, 2000-2001.

Selected Publications

PUBLICATIONS

I. Books


The American War: A History of the Civil War Era (State College, PA: Flip Learning, 2015).



Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998).



U.S. Grant, American Hero, American Myth, University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

    • History Book Club Main Selection, November, 2009

    • Military Book Club, Alternative Selection, November, 2009

    • Book of the Month Club, Alternative Selection, November, 2009

    • Book of the Month Club 2, Online Selection, November, 2009

    • A Washington Post Critic's Favorite Book of 2009

    • Jefferson Davis Book Award, The Museum of the Confederacy

    • William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography, Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York

    • 2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title




II. Edited Books



Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009). (Co-edited with Gary W. Gallagher, and contributed introduction and one essay titled, "The Nation's Greatest Hero Should Rest in the Nation's Greatest City").



The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004). (Co-edited with Alice Fahs, and contributed introduction and one essay titled, “U.S. Grant, Historian.”)

    • Winner of the 2004 New York Military Affairs Symposium Civil War Book Award




Civil War and Reconstruction, 1856 to 1869. (New York: Facts on File, 2003).

Volume 5, of Gary B. Nash, general editor, Encyclopedia of U.S. History; Second edition forthcoming, 2008.

    • Winner of four awards




III. Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

“Francis Channing Barlow’s Civil War,” in Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney, eds., Cold Harbor to the Crater: Episodes of the War in Virginia in 1864 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

“It is just what it is and nothing else’: U.S. Grant at Cold Harbor,’ in J. Matthew Gallman and Gary W. Gallagher, eds., The Lens of War (Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2015).

“I Only Knew What Was in my Mind: Ulysses S. Grant and the Meaning of Appomattox,” The Journal of the Civil War Era (September, 2012).

“Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: A History of the Union Cause,” in James Marten and A. Kristen Foster, eds., More Than A Contest Between Armies (Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 2008).

“New England Cavalier: Charles Russell Lowell in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign,” in Gary W. Gallagher, ed., The 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006).

“Pageantry of Woe: The Funeral of U.S. Grant,” Civil War History (June, 2005).

“The Funeral of U.S. Grant: A Meditation on Gilded Age Religion and Reunion,” Edward J. Blum and W. Scott Poole, eds. Vale of Tears: New Essays on Religion and Reconstruction (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2005). (Revised and expanded version of “Pageantry of Woe,” in Civil War History (June, 2005).

“Give This Man Work: The Charity Organization City of the City of New York and the Depression of 1893” Social Science History Journal (Summer 2001).

“A Sacrifice We Owed: The Shaw Family and the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts,” in Martin H. Blatt, Thomas J. Brown, Donald Yacovone, eds., Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Regiment (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001).

IV. Published Lecture

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: A History of the Union Cause. Twelfth Annual Frank L. Klement Lecture (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2003).

V. Scholarly Introductions

Harold Holzer, Ed., Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (Modern Library, 2011).

John J. Pullen, The Twentieth Maine: A Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2008).

The Letters of Charles Russell Lowell, by Edward Waldo Emerson (University of South Carolina Press, 2005), pp. xiii-xlii.

The Philanthropic Work of Josephine Shaw Lowell, by William Rhindlander Stewart (Cambridge, MA: Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, Philanthropy Classics Access Project, 2006).

VI. Encyclopedia Entries

Author of 40 entries in Civil War and Reconstruction, 1856 to 1869 (New York: Facts on File, 2003), Volume 5, of Gary B. Nash, general editor, Encyclopedia of U.S. History. Second edition forthcoming.

“Charity Organization Societies” and “Josephine Shaw Lowell,” entries for Encyclopedia of Social Welfare, Sage Publications, 2005.

“Charity Organization Movement,” entry for the Oxford Companion to United States History, Fall 2000.

Current Courses by Term

2017 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Advanced Honors Seminars

Honors Research in History

Directed Research in History

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2017 Spring Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

Advanced Honors Seminars

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Advanced Honors Seminars

Introduction to U.S. History: 1790 to 1900

2015 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2015 Spring Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

Advanced Honors Seminars

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2015 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Advanced Honors Seminars

2014 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2013 Spring Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

Advanced Honors Seminars

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2013 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Advanced Honors Seminars

2012 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

U.S., 1875 to 1900

Advanced Honors Seminars

2012 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Advanced Honors Seminars

2011 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2011 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Introduction to U.S. History: 1790 to 1900

2010 Spring Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

2010 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

2009 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2009 Spring Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2009 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

2008 Winter Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

2007 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

2007 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

U.S., 1875 to 1900

2007 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Introduction to U.S. History: 1790 to 1900

2006 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2006 Summer Session

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

2006 Spring Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

2006 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2005 Spring Quarter

Mystic Chords of Memory: U.S. Civil War in 20th-Century Popular Culture

2005 Winter Quarter

Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

2004 Fall Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

2004 Spring Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

2004 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Introduction to U.S. History: 1790 to 1900

2003 Fall Quarter

Teaching History

2003 Winter Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

2002 Fall Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

Teaching History

2001 Summer Session

Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Spring Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

2001 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

2000 Summer Session

Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Spring Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Winter Quarter

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

1999 Fall Quarter

Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

1999 Summer Session

U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

1999 Spring Quarter

U.S., 1875 to 1900

Undergraduate Seminar

1998 Winter Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 139A
U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Summer Session

2006 Spring Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

HIST 246B
Introduction to U.S. History: 1790 to 1900

2016 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

HIST 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

HIST 191D
Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

HIST 139B
U.S., 1875 to 1900

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2011 Spring Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

HIST 254B
Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2009 Fall Quarter

HIST 254A
Seminar: U.S. Social and/or Intellectual History

2009 Spring Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

2008 Winter Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: U.S.

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

HIST 98T
Mystic Chords of Memory: U.S. Civil War in 20th-Century Popular Culture

2005 Spring Quarter

HIST 147B
U.S., 1875 to 1900

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

HIST 147A
U.S., Civil War and Reconstruction

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1999 Summer Session

HIST 495
Teaching History

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

HIST 197G
Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Summer Session

2000 Summer Session

HIST 197L
Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Spring Quarter

HIST 197S
Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Spring Quarter

HIST 147A

1998 Winter Quarter