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John B. Boles
Professor
William Pettus Hobby Professor of History
 
e-mail:boles@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1965) Rice University
  • Ph.D. (1969) University of Virginia
 
Primary Department
   Department of History
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Research Areas
 U. S. Southern History, with emphasis on religion, culture, and slavery; Thomas Jefferson and his time
 

Thomas Jefferson biography

 

Am doing long-term research project for a full-scale biography of Thomas Jefferson.

 

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty.

 

Have completed a comprehensive biography of Jefferson. It it now in production and will be published on April 25, 2017 by Basic Books.

 

Thomas Jefferson biography--no formal title chosen yet 

 

Am engaged in a long-term research project for a full-scale biography of Thomas Jefferson, incorporating several decades of new monographic scholarship.

 
Teaching Areas
 history of the US South
 
Selected Publications
 Books
 

John B. Boles, A University So Conceived: A Brief History of Rice University. Houston:Rice University, 2012. Fourt edition, revised and expanded.

 
 

John B. Boles, University Builder: Edgar Odell Lovett and the Founding of the Rice Institute. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univerity Press, 2012. Second edition, updated.

 
 

Boles, John B. "University Builder Edgar Odell Lovett and the Founding of the Rice Institute."  (2007)

 
 

Boles, John B. "University Builder Edgar Odell Lovett and the Founding of the Rice Institute."  (2007)

 
 

John B. Boles "A University So Conceived: A Brief History of Rice University."  (2006)

 
 

John B. Boles "University Builder: Edgar Odell Lovett and the Rice Institute."  (2007) In Press

 
 

D. Harrell, Jr.; S. Foreman Griffith; E. Gaustad; R. Miller; J. Boles; R. Woods "A History of the American People." Unto a Good Land:, 0-8028-3718-2 (Grand Rapids,MI/Cambridge)

 
 

co-author "Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People."  (2005) In Press

 
 

John B. Boles "The South Through Time: A History of an American Region."  (2003) : 621.

 
 

John B. Boles and Bethany L. Johnson "Origins of the New South Fifty Years Later: The Continuing Influence of a Historical Classic."  (2003) : 308.

 
 

John B. Boles, ed. "Shapers of Southern History."  (2004) In Press

 
 

John B. Boles, editor "Autobiographical Reflections on Southern Religious History." : i-viii, 1?272.

 
 

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John Boles, ed. "Autobiographical Reflections on Writing Southern Religious History." 

 
 

John Boles, ed. "Blackwell Companion to the American South." 

 
 

John Boles, ed. "Edgar Odell Lovett and the Creation of Rice University." 

 
 

John B. Boles (editor) and 15 authors "First Person Regional: Autobiographical Reflections on Southern Religious History." 

 
 

John B. Boles (editor), with 30 authors "The Blackwell Companion to the American South." 

 
 

Prentice Hall "The South Through Time: A History of an American Region." : revised and updated edition of book first publishe.

 
 Editor of books
 

John B. Boles, ed., Edgar Odell Lovett and the Creation of Rice University. (Houston/: Rice University, 2011). An updated, revised version of a book orginally published in 2000.

 
 

John B. Boles and Randal G. Hall, coeds., Seeing Jefferson Anew: In His Time and Ours. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010.

 
 

John B. Boles and Randal G. Hall, coeds., Seeing Jefferson Anew: In His Time and Ours. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010.

 
 

compiled and edited by John B. Boles "The Inauguration of David Leebron and the Beginnning of His Presidency."  (2006)

 
 

John B. Boles, ed. "A Companion to the American South."  (2004) : xii, 524.

 
 

John B. Boles, ed. "Shapers of Southern History: Autobiographical Reflections."  (2004) : x, 334.

 
 Book chapters
 

Boles, John B. "Chapter 9 through 15 of thirty-seven." Unto a Good Land:, 0-8028-3718-2 (Grand Rapids,MI/Cambridge) : 259-510.

 
 Book reviews
 

John B. Boles "Review of A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth-Century South, by Peter Kolchin."  (2004)

 
 

John B. Boles "Review of Masters of the Big House: Elite Slaveholders of the Mid-Nineteenth-Century South, by William K. Scarborough." Maryland Historical Magazine (2004)

 
 

John B. Boles "Review of Warm Ashes: Issues in Southern History at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century, ed. by Winfred B. Moore, Jr., Kyle S. Sinisi, and David H. White, Jr.." Journal of American History (2004)

 
 Other
 

John B. Boles ""Coming of Age in the Bible Belt"." Autobiographical Reflections on Southern Religious History (2001) : 111-30.

 
 

Elizabeth I. Hansen, ed. "The Coming of Age of Southern Women's History." Southern Ladyhood and Southern Women: Studies in Race, Class, and Gender Roles in the South (forthcoming)

 
 

John Boles, ed. "Coming of Age in the Bible Belt." Autobiography and Southern Religious History (forthcoming)

 
 

Julian Mason, ed. "Blacks in the Southeastern United States, 1760-1790." Life in the Southeast at the Beginning of the New Nation (forthcoming)

 
 

Peter J. Parish, ed. "The South: General Works." Reader's Guide to American History (forthcoming)

 
 

Georgia Historical Quarterly "Review of David Brinkley, THE UNFINISHED PRESIDENCY: JIMMY CARTER'S JOURNEY BEYOND THE WHITE HOUSE." , forthcoming

 
 

Journal of American History "Review of Kenneth Moore Startup, THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL: THE PROTESTANT CLERGY AND THE ECONOMIC MIND OF THE OLD SOUTH." , forthcoming

 
 

Journal of Southwest Georgia History "Review of Marion D. Aldridge and Kevin Lewis, ed., THE CHANGING SHAPE OF PROTESTANTISM IN THE SOUTH." , Fall 1997 [1998 publication] (137?38)

 
 

Religion and Culture: A Journal of Interpretation "Evangelical Protestantism in the Antebellum South." , Summer 1998 (166?77)

 
 

William and Mary Quarterly "Review of Jon F. Sensbach, A SEPARATE CANAAN: THE MAKING OF AN AFRO-AMERICAN WORLD IN NORTH CAROLINA, 1763?1840."  (forthcoming)

 
 

"Review of Peter G. Bourne, JIMMY CARTER: A COMPREHENSIVE BIOGRAPHY FROM PLAINS TO POST-PRESIDENCY." Georgia Historical Quarterly, Spring 1998 (230?32)

 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 

""Alexander Campbell and the Mission of Women"." Conference on Alexander Campbell, Bethany College, Bethany, W.Va.. (October 25, 2003)

 
 

""The Louisiana Purchase in Retrospect: A Summation." Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Conference, Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans. (January 25, 2003)

 
 Invited Talks
 

"The Rice Centennial" presented to the Rice Resource Development team, January 23; Rice Public Affairs team, August 20; Rice "Ask the Expert" series, December 5

 
 

Six invited lectures on various aspects of US history, presented as part of Rice's AP History Institutes.

 
 

""New Orleans: Before and After Katrina"." Amerika House/American Embassy, Munich, Germany. (January 17, 2006)

 
 

""Thomas Jefferson: New Interpretations"." Dallas Women's Forum, Dallas, TX. (February 17, 2006)

 
 

"Edgar Odell Lovett: Family Matters." Baylor College of Medicine Grand Round, Houston, TX. (October 11, 2006)

 
 

"The Origins of the Southern Bible Belt." Teacher Institute, American Embassy, Wittenberg, Germany. (October 30, 2006)

 
 

"The Transformation of the Twentieth-Century South." Teacher Institute, American Embassy, Wittenberg, Germany. (October 31, 2006)

 
 

"The Twentieth-Century South." Amerika Haus, American Embassy, Munich, Germany. (October 29, 2006)

 
 

"From Lovett to Leebron." Pres. David Leebron, Weiss President's House, Houston. (Aug. 19 and 26, 2005)

 
 

"Houston in a Global Context." Univ. of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany. (Dec. 20, 2005)

 
 

"Houston's History in International and Comparative Perspective." Houston-Leipzig Sister City Cooperative, Leipzig, Germany. (Dec. 7, 2005)

 
 

"Identifying and Policing Plagarism." American Historical Association, Seattle, WA. (Jan. 8, 2005)

 
 

"New Perspectives on the post-Civil War South." Leucoria Foundation Teacher's Institute, Wittenberg, Germany. (Dec. 13, 2005)

 
 

"Origins of the Southern Bible Belt." American Studies Conference, Univ. of Halle Wittenberg, Wittenberg, Germany. (Nov. 25, 2005)

 
 

"Patterns of Immigration to Texas." Texas Humanities Council Conference, Galveston, TX. (June 16, 2005)

 
 

"Reconstruction in the American South: Unfinished Business." Utah Teachers Institute, Salt Lake City, UT. (July 26, 2005)

 
 

"Religion in the Southern Confederacy." Museum of Southern History, Sugarland, TX. (July 16, 2005)

 
 

"The 'New' Old South." Dallas Woman's Club, Dallas, TX. (Jan. 13, 2005)

 
 

"The Economic Consequences of the Civil War." International Univ. Bremen, Bremen, Germany. (Nov. 14, 2005)

 
 

"Thomas Jefferson: A Man for All Seasons." Bayou Bend Docents Annual Meeting, MFA Houston, Houston. (Jan. 24, 2005)

 
 

""Religion and the Civil War"." Houston Civil War Roundtable, Houston. (Jan. 15, 2004)

 
 

""From Idea to Print: The Publishing Process"." Southern Historical Association, Houston, TX. (November 7, 2003)

 
 

""Teaching about Slavery and Reconstruction"." Advance Placement Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT. (August 1, 2003)

 
 

""The Louisiana Purchase in Historical Perspective." The Historical Society, Baton Rouge, LA. (January 26, 2003)

 
 Keynote Speaker
 

"Climate, Geography, and Southern History: Nonhuman Factors." Ford Endowed Lectures, Southeastern State University, Hammond, LA. (October 19, 2006)

 
 Lectures
 

Presented lecture.  "Impact of the Civil War Upon Modern America." Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University. (March 25, 2015)

 
 

"Edgar Odell Lovett and the Founding of Rice University: A Centennial Lecture." Presented at the special series of alumni centennial celebrations in various cities: Austin, March 8; San Francisco, April 5; Boston, April 30; Dallas, May 22; Istanbul, June 8; New York City, June 21; Washington, July 11; Chicago, September 6; London, November 14.

 
 

"Edgar Odell Lovett, Rice's Founding President," presented to various local venues in celebration of Rice's centenial in 2012. Braeburn Country Club, June 26; Friends of the Texas Room (Houston Public Library), August 6; Rice Ambassador's Program, September 15; Scientia, October 12; River Oaks Breakfast Club, October 17; The Houston Seminar, October 18

 
 

 

"Thomas Jefferson's Religion," Bethany Christian Church lecture series, February 21.

"Thomas Jefferson's Encounter with France," Friends of Fondren lecture, April 26.

"Thomas Jefferson and England," English-Speaking Union lecture, May 20.

"Thomas Jefferson and the Founding of the Nation," Sons of the American Revolution, November 27.

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Lectures on Edgar Odell Lovett presented to various public audiences as part of the Rice Centennial Celebration

 
 

Lecture presented as part of program at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

 
 

Lecture presented to Rice alumni clubs in Orange County, CA, Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago.

 
 

"Edgar Odell Lovett." Rice Univ. Dallas Alumni Chapter, Dallas, TX. (Mar. 22, 2005)

 
 

"Education of a President: Edgar Odell Lovett." Rice Univ. Chicago Chapter Alumni College, Chicago, IL. (May 21, 2005)

 
 

"Origins of Slavery and Slave Culture in the American South." Rice Univ. School of Continuing Studies, Houston. (Apr. 14, 2005)

 
 

"Southern History." Rice Univ. Delta Queen Alumni Trip, Mississippi River. (Apr. 4 - 11, 2005)

 
 

"Southern History." Rice Univ. Sch. of Cont. Studies AP Institute, Houston. (June 20, 21 and July 20, 2005)

 
 

"The Civil War and the Making of Modern America." Rice Univ. School of Continuing Studies, Houston. (Sept. 15, 2005)

 
 

"The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson." Rice Univ. Alumni College Weekend, Houston. (Feb. 27, 2005)

 
 

""A Progress Report: The First Graduation of International University Bremen"." Rice Historical Society, Houston. (June 26, 2004)

 
 

""Edgar Odell Lovett: Education of a President"." Baker Society, Rice, Rice U.. (May 14, 2004)

 
 

""Edgar Odell Lovett: Preparation for Leadership"." Rice Family Weekend, Houston, TX. (Oct. 16, 2004)

 
 

""Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and the American West"." Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Houston. (October 7, 2004)

 
 

""Lewis and Clark Expedition" 4 lectures." Continuing Studies course, Rice. (March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2004)

 
 

""The Origins of the Bible Belt" and "Religious Interpretations of the Civil War"." St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Dallas.

 
 

""The Southern Way of Religion"." Foundation for Contemporary Theology, Houston, Tx. (Sept. 8, 2004)

 
 

""New Perspectives on Southern History"." Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (March 5, 2002)

 
 

""Rice University, 1912-2012: Looking Back, Looking Ahead"." Rice Alumni group, Portland, OR. (July 27, 2002)

 
 

""Rice and the Creation of International University Bremen"." Rice Alumni College, Houston. (April 7, 2002)

 
 Other
 

presented lectures.  "Lewis and Clark in American History." Association of Rice Alumni, Montana and Idaho. (July 717, 2015)

 
 

"Lewis and Clark and the American West," a series of lectures on various aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, presented as part of the Association of Rice Alumni travel program.

 
 

Six lectures presented to participants in Rice Alumni travel trip to France.

 
 

""Comments on Herman Melville's Civil War Poems"." Liberty Fund Colloquium, Chicago, Ill. (May 17?20, 2001)

 
 

""New Viewpoints in Southern History"." Auburn University. (April 18, 2001)

 
 

""Rice University and the 1990 Economic Summit"." Rice Alumni College, Houston. (March 25, 2001)

 
 

""Rice University and the Origins of International University Bremen"." French Rice Alumni, Paris. (September 18, 2001)

 
 

""Rice University and the Origins of International University Bremen"." Rice Historical Society, Houston. (June 24, 2001)

 
 

""The Southern Way of Religion"." Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Virginia Wesleyan University, Norfolk, VA. (Feb. 13, 2001)

 
 

"No Title."

 
 

"Education of a University President: Edgar Odell Lovett." Rice Univ. Homecoming Lecture, Houston. (Nov. 3, 2000)

 
 

"Education of a University President: Edgar Odell Lovett." Rice Univ. Alumni College, Houston. (Mar. 19, 2000)

 
 

"Getting Your Article Published: A Workshop." Southern Association for Women's History, Richmond, VA. (June 16, 2000)

 
 

"How to Get Published in Scholarly Journals." Cambridge Univ., Univ. of Durham, and the Univ. of Sussex, United Kingdom. (Oct. 12, 16 and 18, 2000)

 
 

"New Viewpoints in Southern History." Keynote Address-Alabama Association of Historians, Gulf Shores, AL. (Feb. 4, 2000)

 
 

"The "New" Old South." Cambridge Univ., Univ. of Durham, and the Univ. of Sussex, United Kingdom. (Oct. 12, 16 and 17, 2000)

 
 

"The Founding of Rice Institute." Rice Univ. Parent's Weekend, Houston. (Oct. 6, 2000)

 
 

""As Others See Us: Visitors to Houston, 1836?1996"." Leadership Houston, Houston, Texas. (Oct. 14, 1999)

 
 

""Choosing a University President: Edgar Odell Lovett"." Rice Alumni College, Houston, Texas. (April 18, 1999)

 
 

""The Education of a University President: Edgar Odell Lovett"." Rice Alumni College, Menlo Park, CA. (October 23, 1999)

 
 

""The Education of a University President: Edgar Odell Lovett"." Scientia, Houston, Texas. (September 14, 1999)

 
 

""The Education of a University President: Edgar Odell Lovett"." Rice Families Weekend, Houston, Texas. (September 24, 1999)

 
 

"Chair Panel Discussion: "Five Rice Authors"." Friends of Fondren lecture series, Houston, Texas. (March 21, 1999)

 
 

"Chair Session: "African American Women and the Evolution of the Welfare State, from the Civil War to the New Deal"." American Historical Association, Washington, DC. (January 10, 1999)

 
 

"Chair sesson: "Black Religion"." Southwest Social Science Association, Dallas, Texas. (March 4, 1999)

 
 

"Eight lectures on "The Era of Civil War and Reconstruction"." Rice Continuing Studies, Houston, Texas. (Sept. 21, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 9, 16, 23, 1999)

 
 

"Four invited lectures on teaching southern history." Baylor University, Waco, Texas. (September 27?30, 1999)

 
 

""Beginning of the Bible Belt"." Rice Alumni College, Houston. (March 28, 1998)

 
 

""Keynote Address: The 'New' Old South"." Gulf South Historical Society, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA. (October 8, 1998)

 
 

""New Interpretations in Southern History"." Bastrop County Historical Society, Bastrop, Texas. (February 19, 1998)

 
 

""Origins of Slavery in the American South"." Rice AP Teachers Institute, Houston. (July 27, 1998)

 
 

""Origins of the Bible Belt"." Rice Alumni Luncheon Series, Houston. (September 24, 1998)

 
 

""The 1990 Economic Summit at Rice University"." President's House, Rice Universitsy. (May 24, 1998)

 
 

""The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson"." Houston Area Retired Teachers Association, Houston. (March 6, 1998)

 
 

""The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson"." Rice Alumne College, Washington, DC. (November 7, 1998)

 
 

""The Past and Future of Fondren Library"." Friends of Fondren Annual Meeting, Houston. (May 26, 1998)

 
 

""The Rice Institute Opening, 1912"." Rice Historical Society, Houston. (October 18, 1998)

 
 

""The Selection of Edgar Odell Lovett as President of the Rice Institute"." Rice Historical Society, Houston. (June 6, 1998)

 
 

""Women in Southern History"." Current Literature Club, Houston. (January 7, 1998)

 
 Panelist
 

"The Journal and John Boles: Thirty Years Together," Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, November 1, 2013

 
 

Commentator at panel held at Religion and Civil War Symposium, Baylor University

 
 

Panel on the Art of Winslow Homer, annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Houston, March 18. Special Session held at the Menil Collection

 
 

"The Dos and Don'ts of Getting Published." Panelist, 76th annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Charlotte, NC, November 5, 2010.

 
 

"Religion in the Early National South: Microhistorical Approaches." Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Richmond, VA.. (Nov. 2, 2007)

 
 

"American Religion: Past and Present." Univ. of Leipzig Symposium, Leipzig, Germany. (Dec. 2, 2005)

 
 

""Living History Museums"." National Council of Public History Conference, Houston, TX. (April 26, 2003)

 
 

""Perpectives on U. S. Slavery"." British American Nineteenth Century History Conference, Cambridge, Eng.. (October 4, 2003)

 
 Workshops
 

presented workshop/lecture.  "Thomas Jefferson, Race, and Slavery." AP History Workshop, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University. (July 24, 2015)

 
 

"Thomas Jefferson: The Promise and Paradox of America," AP Institute, Rice, July 9

 
 

""A Primer on Scholarly Publication"." University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. (August 31, 2004)

 
 

""The Origins of Slavery in Mainland North America"." AP Teachers Institute, Houston. (July 20, 2004)

 
 

""Getting Published in Scholarly Journals." Southern Association for Women's History, Athens, GA. (June 7, 2003)

 
Editorial Positions
 Editor, Journal of Southern History. Southern Historical Association. (2011 - 2011)

 Editor, Journal of Southern History. Southern Historical Association, Dept. of History, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA. (2005 - 2005)

 Editor, Journal of Southern History. Southern Historical Association. (2000 - 2000)

 Editor, Journal of Southern History. Southern Historical Association. (1999 - 1999)

 Series Editor, Religion in the South. Univ. Press of Kentucky. (2000 - 2000)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Gary Garrett, PhD An Environmental History of the Houston Ship Channel. (3) (Thesis Director)

 Sally Anne Gutting, PhD History of the Galveston Historical Foundation, 1871-2004. (3) (Thesis Director)

 Francelle Pruitt, PhD Texas Divorce: A Legal and Social Study of Marriage and Family. (4) (Thesis Director)

 Kate Kirkland, PhD Houston, A World Class City: Philanthropic Leadership. (6) (Thesis Director)

 Scott Marler, PhD Rural Merchants & Consumers in a New South Louisiana, 1840-1940. (7) (Thesis Director)

 Jason Phillips, PhD Peculiar Defeat: Warfare and the Confederate Culture of Invincibility. (2002) (Thesis Director)

 Virginia Elaine Thompson, PhD Southern Small Towns: Society, Politics and Race Relations in Clinton, LA, 1824-1880. (2002) (Thesis Director)

 Marler Scott P, PhD "Merchants and the Political Economy of Nineteenth-Century Louisiana: New Orleans and its Hinterlands". (2007) (Thesis Director)

 Kenny Gale L., PhD "Contentious Liberties: Gendered Power and Religious Freedom in the Nimneteenth-Century American Mission to Jamiaca.". (2008) (Thesis Director)

 Connolly David L., PhD "A Question of Honor: State Character and the Lower South's Defense of the African Slave Trade in Congress.". (2008) (Thesis Director)

 Harlow Luke X., PhD "From Border South to Solid South: Religion, Race, and the Making of Confederate Kentucky, 18301880". (2009) (Thesis Director)

 Hawkins J. Russell, PhD "Religion, Race, and Resistance: White Evangelicals and the Dilemma of Integration in South Carolina, 19501975". (2009) (Thesis Director)

 Sally Anne Schmidt, Ph.D. Saving Galveston: A History of the Galveston Historical Foundation. (2009) (Thesis Director)

 Wesley G. Phelps, PhD "A Grassroots War on Poverty: Community Action and Urban Politics in Houston, 19641976". (2010) (Thesis Co-Director)

 Joseph x Abel, PhD "Sunbelt Civil Rights: Labor, Race, and Politics in the Aircraft Manufacturing Industry of Texas, 19401980". (2010) (Thesis Co-Director)

 Jessica Cannon, Ph.D. "Lincoln's Divided Backyard: Maryland in the Civil War Era". (2010) (Thesis Director)

 Blake A. Ellis, Ph.D. "An Alternative Politics: Texas Baptist Leaders and the Rise of the Christian Right". (2011) (Thesis Director)

 Merritt McKinney, Ph.D. "Air Polution, Politics, and Environmental Reform in Birmingham, Alabama, 19401971". (2011) (Thesis Director)

 Blake A. Ellis, Ph.D. "An Alternative Politics: Texas Baptist Leaders and the Rise of the Christian Right". (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Merritt McKinney, Ph.D. "Air Pollution, Politics, and Environmental Reform in Birmingham, Alabama, 19401971". (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Joseph Locke, Ph.D. "Making the Bible Belt: Preachers, Prohibition, and the Politicization of Southern Religion, 18771918". (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Robin Sager, Ph.D. "States of Suffering: Marital Cruelty in Antebellum Virginia, Texas, and Wisconsin". (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Carl Paulus, Ph.D. "The Slaveholding Crisis: The Fear of Insurrection, the Wilmot Proviso, and the Southern Turn Against Exceptionalism". (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Drew S. Bledsoe, Ph.D. "Citizen-Officers: The Union and Confederate Volunteer Junior Officer Corps in the American Civil War". (2012) (Thesis Director)

 Sarah Bischoff, PhD "Abraham Lincoln's Northwestern Approach to the Secession Crisis". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 James Wainwright, PhD "Both Native South and Deep South: The Native Transformation of the Gulf South, 17701835". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Zachary Dresser, PhD "The Theology of Reconstruction: White Southern Ministers in the Aftermath of the Civil War". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Andrew Lang, PhD "The Garrison War: Culture, Race, and the Problem of Military Occu[ation during the American Civil War". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Christopher Brian Davis, PhD "The Religious Community and Latinos in Alabama: Two Steps Forward". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Allison Madar, PhD "A People Between: Servitude in Colonial Virginia, 17001783". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Blaine Hamilton, PhD "The Spirit in Black and White: Early Twentieth-Centiry Pentecostals and Race Relations, 19051945". (2013) (Thesis Director)

 Katie Knowles, Ph.D. "Fashioning Slavery: Slaves and Clothing in the U. S. South, 18301860". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Zachary R. Dresser, Ph.D. "The Theology of Reconstruction: White Southern Ministers in the Aftermath of the Civil War". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Ben Wright, Ph.D. "Gospel of Liberty: Antislavery and American Salvation". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Christopher Brian Davis, Ph.D. "The Religious Community and Latinos in Alabama: Two Steps Forward". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Andrew Baker, Ph.D. "Southern Landscapes in the City's Shadow: Environmental Politics and Metropolitan Growth in Texas and Virginia, 19001990". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Mercy Harper, Ph.D. "White Women's Heritage Organizations in Texas, 18701970". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Blaine Hamilton, Ph.D. "The Spirit in Black and White: Early Twentieth-Century Pentecostals and Race Relations". (2014) (Thesis Director)

 Kelly Weber Stefonowich, PH.D. "The Ideology of White Southern Daughterhood, 18651920". (2016) (Thesis Director)

 Jessica Cannon, Ph.D. Lincoln's Divided Backyard: Maryland in the Civil War. (Thesis Director)

 Uzma Quraishi, PhD "Multiple Mobilities: Race, Capital, and South Asian Migrations to and Through Houston". (Thesis Director)

 David Davis, Ph.D. The 'Negro Problem': Education, Empire, and Nationalism in Gilded Age America. (Thesis Director)

 Scott Marler, Ph.D. Rural Merchants in the Transition to a New South: Louisiana, 1840-1900. (Thesis Director)

 Matthew Penney, Ph.D. Instruments of National Purpose: World War II's Impact on Scientific Research in Southern Higher Education, 1942-1952. (Thesis Director)

 Benjamin Wise, Ph.D. Cosmopolitan Provincialism: The Lives of William Alexander Percy. (Thesis Director)

 Ann Ziker, Ph.D. Beyond Massive Resistance: U.S. Racial Conservatism and Global Politics during the Cold War. (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Rice Gold Medal, Association of Rice Alumni (May 12)

 Library Gala Award, Friends of Fondren Library (April 2010)

 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (May 2007)

 Fulbright-Leipzig Chair of American Studies, Fulbright Foundation (Fall Semester 2005)

 Distinguished Alumni Award, Rice University (May 8, 200)

 Graduate Student Association Teaching and Mentoring Award, Rice Univ. Graduate Student Association (May 7, 200)

 Board of Directors, The Melanchthon Institute

 Board of Directors, The Jefferson Davis Association

 Board of Directors, Rice Historical Society

 Board of Advisory Editors, The Papers of Jefferson Davis

 National Consultant, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Univ. of Mississippi

 Robert Foster Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching, Baylor University (Spring, 2000)

 Board of Editors, The Houston Review

 Robert Foster Cherry Distinguished Teaching Professor, Baylor University (Spring 2000 semester)

Positions Held
 Elected president, Southern Historical Association. (2016 - 2016)

 Leibniz Professor, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Leipzig. (2010 - 2010)