Dr. Jonathan White

2014 Faculty Excellence Award for Research
Associate Professor of Leadership and American Studies

Since his arrival at CNU eight years ago Dr. Jonathan White has worked tirelessly not only in the classroom, but also as a researcher. He’s published eight books in that span, and is at work on others. A Civil War and Lincoln expert, White has studied these subjects since his undergraduate days at Penn State. “I hope to write things that will be compelling to other scholars but also of interest to general, educated readers,” he says.

I strive to help students publish their work in the same way others helped me learn how to publish mine. It’s exciting to be at a university that is really moving forward.

Dr. Jonathan White

A seasoned scholar, White frequents numerous federal repositories, collections and libraries in Washington, D.C., often with his students, where he delves into the past to illuminate little-known truths and break new intellectual ground. In his latest book, Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln he challenges the way historians think about Lincoln's reelection, and argues that Union soldiers were not as supportive of Lincoln and emancipation as most scholars have assumed.

On campus, White is active in Christopher Newport’s vibrant community of scholars. He is a fellow at the Center for American Studies, an interdisciplinary initiative that promotes teaching and scholarship on America’s founding principles and history, economic foundations, and national security. “I have excellent colleagues, and it is exciting to be at a university that is really moving forward,” says White.

A former government historian, White has also published widely in the fields of legal, constitutional and political history.