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Jon White

Jonathan White

Associate Professor

McMurran Hall 304
(757) 594-7995


  • Ph D in United States History, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MA in History, University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA in History, Pennsylvania State University


AMST 100 (The American Experiment)
AMST 120 (Encounters with the Constitution)
AMST 330 (Treason in America)
AMST 490 (Senior Seminar)


Constitutional and Legal History, The American Civil War, The American Founding, Nineteenth-Century America


Jonathan W. White is associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University and is the author or editor of eight books, including Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (2011), and Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln Prize and Jefferson Davis Prize, a “best book” in Civil War Monitor, and the winner of the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 2015 book prize. He has published more than one hundred articles, essays and reviews, and is the winner of the 2005 John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article in Civil War History, the 2010 Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, and the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Prize for his Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History (2010). He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Lincoln Forum, and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. He also serves on the Ford’s Theatre Advisory Council, and the editorial board of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. In 2017, C-SPAN invited him to participate in its survey of presidential leadership. His most recent books include Lincoln on Law, Leadership and Life (2015); Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (2017), which was selected as a “best book” by Civil War Monitor; and “Our Little Monitor”: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (2018), which he co-authored with Anna Gibson Holloway. He is presently writing a biography of a convicted slave trader named Appleton Oaksmith. Check out his website at or follow him on Twitter at @CivilWarJon

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