Anne Rubin, associate professor of history, has been elected president of the Society of Civil War Historians for 2012-2014.
The Society of Civil War Historians is committed to promoting both scholarship and fellowship among historians, graduate students and professionals who interpret history in museums, national parks, archives and other public facilities.The SCWH seeks to promote the study of the Civil War era and to bring greater coherence to the field by encouraging the integration of social, military, political, and other forms of history.
The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter, sponsors a biennial conference in even-numbered years (the 2012 conference is in Lexington, Kentucky), and awards the annual Tom Watson Brown Book Prize for the best book on the Civil War era at a banquet held during the Southern Historical Association conference.
Rubin is the author of A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868, and, with Edward Ayers, the CD-ROM The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in The American Civil War Part I: The Eve of War, which won, among others, the E-Lincoln prize. She has authored articles and chapters in numerous Civil War books, magazines, and encyclopedias.
Rubin is now developing Sherman’s March and America, an interactive project that tells the story of the march through maps, photos, videos and voices, and writing a related book called Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and America, which will be published by UNC Press.
A video of Rubin discussing the first casualties of the Civil War can be seen here.