Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Postdoctoral fellowship

The Center sponsors a postdoctoral fellowship to support the professional development of a recent Ph.D. The fellow spends one year at Virginia Tech, during which time s/he teaches a class in the history department, makes significant progress on a book manuscript, organizes an outreach program, and assists the Center director with Center activities.

The postdoctoral fellowship will not be offered in 2017-18.


Meet our 2016-17 postdoctoral fellow:

Angela Esco Elder is the 2016-2017 Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech.  A native of Florida, she completed her PhD at the University of Georgia in May 2016.  Her research explores gender, emotion, family, and trauma in the Civil War Era South.

Elder is currently revising her dissertation, Married to the Confederacy: The Emotional Politics of Confederate Widowhood, for publication.  She is the author of several essays, and has also presented her work at national conferences and events, including the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Society of Civil War Historians, the Southern Association for Women Historians, and C-SPAN.  In 2011, she spent nine weeks as a fellow at the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, assisting in battlefield tours, community events, and researching widows of the 2nd Virginia Infantry.  It was there she encountered the quote, “The history that lies inert in unread books does no work in the world,” by historian Carl Becker.  She is excited to bring these experiences with her to the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, and the Department of History at Virginia Tech.

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