Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph

Professor of History

External address: 
Box 90719, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), 114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), 114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-1625
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 and  by appointment


Thavolia Glymph, professor of history and law, studies the U.S. South with a focus on nineteenth century social history. Glymph is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), numerous articles and essays, and co-editor of two volumes the award-winning documentary series, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and Series 1, Volume 3). She is currently completing a book manuscript titled African American Womenand Children Refugees in the Civil War: A History the Making of Freedom supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Her next project, "Playing 'Dixie' in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878," is a study of former Civil War officers who served in the Egyptian army during the Reconstruction era.  In 2015 and 2018, Glymph was the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society and 2017-18 Thomas Langford Lecturer at Duke University. She surrently serves as the 86th president of the Southern Historical Association.  


Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Purdue University 1994

  • B.A., Hampton University

  • M.A., Purdue University

Glymph, T. “Rose's War and the Gendered Politics of a Slave Insurgency in the Civil War.” Journal of the Civil War Era, vol. 3, Dec. 2013, pp. 501–32.

Glymph, Thavolia. ““Rose’s War and the Gendered Politics of a Slave Insurgency in the Civil War,” Journal of the Civil War Era Vol. 3, No. 4 (December 2013): 501-32.Journal of the  Civil War Era Vol. 3, No. 4 (December 2013): 501 32., vol. 3, no. 4, Dec. 2013, pp. 501–32.

Glymph, T. “River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom by Walter Johnson.” Journal of American History, 2013.

Glymph, Thavolia. ““Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction and Slave Women’s War for Freedom,” South Atlantic Quarterly 112:3 (Summer 2013): 489-505.South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 112, no. 3, Duke University Press, 2013, pp. 489–505.

Various, S. “W.E.B. Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction: Past and Present.” South Atlantic Quarterly, edited by T. Glymph, vol. 112, no. 3 (Summer), Duke University Press, 2013.

Glymph, T. “Noncombatant military laborers in the Civil War.” Oah Magazine of History, vol. 26, no. 2, Apr. 2012, pp. 25–29. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oahmag/oas007. Full Text

Glymph, Thavolia. ““Noncombatant Military Laborers in the Civil War,” OAH Magazine of History, Volume 26, No 2 (April 2012), 25-29.Oah Magazine of History, vol. 26, no. 2, Oxford University Press (OUP), Apr. 2012, pp. 25–29.

Glymph, T. “I’se Mrs. Tatum Now: Black and White Women and the Meaning of Freedom.” Phillis:  The  Journal for Research on African American Women, vol. 1, no. 1 (Inaugural Issue), 2010, pp. 24–32.

Glymph, Thavolia, and Leslie A. Schwalm. “A Hard Fight for We: Women's Transition from Slavery to Freedom in South Carolina.The Journal of American History, vol. 85, no. 3, Oxford University Press (OUP), Dec. 1998, pp. 1082–1082. Crossref, doi:10.2307/2567271. Full Text

Glymph, T., et al. “Writing Freedom’s History: The Destruction of Slavery.” Prologue: Journal of the National Archives, vol. 17, 1985, pp. 211–27.