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Jonathan W. White

Department of Leadership and American Studies - Honors Program


Jonathan White

Professor

McMurran Hall 304
(757) 594-7995
jonathan.white@cnu.edu
www.jonathanwhite.org/

Education

  • 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

Teaching

AMST 100 (The American Experiment)
AMST 120 (Encounters with the Constitution)
AMST 330 (Treason in America)
AMST 490 (Senior Seminar; focus on emancipation)
HONR 100 (The Civil War in Film)
HONR 323 (Civil Liberties in Wartime)

Research

Abraham Lincoln
African American History
Constitutional and Legal History
American Civil War
Slavery and Emancipation
19th-Century U.S. Literature

Biography

Jonathan W. White is professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He is the author or editor of 17 books that cover a variety of topics including civil liberties during the Civil War, the USS Monitor and the Battle of Hampton Roads, the presidential election of 1864, and what Abraham Lincoln and soldiers dreamt about. He serves as vice chair of The Lincoln Forum, on the Boards of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and on the Ford’s Theatre Advisory Council. Among his awards are the 2019 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award—the highest honor bestowed upon college faculty by the Commonwealth of Virginia; CNU’s Alumni Society Award for Teaching and Mentoring (2016); the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Prize, and the 2024 University of Maryland Alumni Excellence Award in Research. His recent books include A House Built By Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House, which was co-winner of the $50,000 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize (with Jon Meacham); Shipwrecked: A True Civil War Story of Mutinies, Jailbreaks, Blockade-Running, and the Slave Trade (2023), and Final Resting Places: Reflections on the Meaning of Civil War Graves (2023), which he edited with Brian Matthew Jordan. He has published two books with CNU students: Untouched by the Conflict: The Civil War Letters of Singleton Ashenfelter, Dickinson College (2019), which he edited with Daniel Glenn; and My Work among the Freedmen: The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of Harriet M. Buss (2021), which he edited with Lydia J. Davis. And he recently published a children's book, My Day with Abe Lincoln (2024) which was illustrated by CNU student Madeline Renaux.

Check out his website at www.jonathanwhite.org/ or follow him on Twitter at @CivilWarJon

Selected Accomplishments

  • University of Maryland Alumni Excellence in Research, ${award.getChild("organization").textValue}. (2024)
  • Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. (2023)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. (2019)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians. (2017)
  • Alumni Society Award for Teaching and Mentoring, CNU Alumni Society. (2016)
  • Class of 2013 Faculty Development Fund Award, CNU. (2016)
  • Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Student Writing, CNU. (2015)
  • Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Prize, Abraham Lincoln Institute. (2015)
  • Thomas Jefferson Book Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government. (2012)
  • Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, Abraham Lincoln Institute and Abraham Lincoln Association. (2010)
  • John T. Hubbell Prize, Civil War History. (2005)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa. (2001)
  • Book, Non-Scholarly-New
    (2024). My Day with Abe Lincoln. Reedy Press.
  • Book, Scholarly-Revised
    (2023). Abraham Lincoln: A Life. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2023). "Final Resting Places: Reflections on the Meaning of Civil War Graves". University of Georgia Press.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2023). Shipwrecked: A True Civil War Story of Mutinies, Jailbreaks, Blockade-Running, and the Slave Trade. Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2022). A House Built By Slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House. Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2021). To Address You As My Friend: African Americans' Letters to Abraham Lincoln. University of North Carolina Press.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2021). My Work Among the Freedmen: The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of Harriet M. Buss. University of Virginia Press.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2020). Ex Parte Milligan Reconsidered: Race and Civil Liberties from the Lincoln Administration to the War on Terror. University Press of Kansas.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2018). "Our Little Monitor": The Greatest Invention of the Civil War. Kent State University Press.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2017). Midnight in America: A History of Sleep and Dreams during the Civil War. University of North Carolina Press.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2015). Lincoln on Law, Leadership and Life. Sourcebooks.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2014). Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln. Louisiana State University Press.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2013). Civic Education and the Future of American Citizenship. Lexington Books.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2011). Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman. Louisiana State University Press.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2010). Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History. Federal Judicial Center.
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