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Erik B. Alexander <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of Virginia
Current research is in Reconstruction Era, with a focus on developments in the North. Especially interested in the politics of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era. Dissertation is a study of the northern half of the Democratic Party during Reconstruction.
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Political History / Studies
· Ph.D. candidate, University of Virginia, 2003 – present.
- Passed Comprehensive Exams, Spring, 2004.
· M.A., University of Virginia, 2003.
· B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
- Graduated Cum Laude, with High Distinction in History.
- GPA: 3.75/4.00.
· Instructor, University of Virginia, Summer, 2006.
- Taught U.S. History Survey, 1607-1865. Responsible for all aspects of the course, including creation of the course syllabus and lectures.
· Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia, Fall 2002 – Spring 2007.
- Worked as a teaching assistant in a variety of different courses, including both halves of the U.S. History survey, upper level courses for undergraduates on 19th and 20th century southern history, and an upper level course on the history of the Civil Rights Movement, taught by Julian Bond, and a course on rural poverty in the 20th century. Also served as a grader for courses on the Coming of the Civil War, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and 19th-century U.S. social history.
My research interests focus on nineteenth century political developments, and I have produced papers examining political parties and political developments in the antebellum period, during the Civil War, and during Reconstruction.
My dissertation is a study of the northern Democratic Party during Reconstruction, between the years of 1868 and 1876. I am exploring the resurgence of the northern half of that party during those years by examining the political strategies of the party, and the relationship between the Democrats and third parties in the North (specifically the dissident "Liberal Republican" movement), as well as the southern half of the party. The broader goal of the project is to reexamine the failure of Reconstruction to secure political rights for newly freed African Americans in the South by looking at the attitudes and resistance of northern whites towards federal Reconstruction policies, refracted through the Democratic opposition.
“A Revival of the Old Organization”: Northern Democrats and Reconstruction, 1868-1876, University of Virginia.
Director: Professor Michael F. Holt.
· “ ‘The Democracy Must Prepare for Battle’: Know-Nothingism in Alabama and Southern Politics, 1851-1859.” Southern Historian (27) Spring, 2006, pp. 23-39.
· “ ‘We Must Take Hold of New Issues’: Northern Democrats and Reconstruction, 1868-1872.” A paper to be presented to the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 29 – April 1, 2007.
· “ ‘A Revival of the Old Organization”: Northern Democrats and the Reconstruction of the North, 1868-1876.” A paper presented at the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center Graduate Student History Conference: “New Perspectives on the Civil War Era: Beyond Fragmented History,” The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, February 9, 2007.
· “ ‘A New Departure for the Old Democracy’: Northern Democrats and Reconstruction, 1868-1872.” A paper presented at the Policy History Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia, June 3, 2006.
· “ ‘The Democracy Must Prepare for Battle’: Know-Nothingism in Alabama and Southern Politics, 1851-1859.” A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 3, 2005.
Accomplishments and Academic Honors:
· Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow of the Huntington, Henry E. Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA, Fall, 2006.
· Summersell Prize for the best article submitted to the Southern Historian for 2005, awarded, Spring, 2006.
· Gilder-Lehrman Research Fellowship, New York Public Library, The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, Fall, 2005.
· Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia, Fall, 2005, Spring, 2007.
· Summer Travel Grant, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia, Summers, 2005 and 2006.
· Edmund J. James Scholar, University of Illinois, 1997-2001.
· Martha Belle Barrett prize for best senior honors thesis, University of Illinois History Department, Spring, 2001.
· Robert W. Johannsen Fellowship, funding for off-campus research, University of Illinois History Department, Spring, 2000 – Spring, 2001.
· University of Illinois, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Edmund J. James Scholar Research and Scholarship Award – funding for off-campus research, Fall, 2000.
· Elizabeth M. and Charles A. Ellis Scholarship, University of Illinois, Fall, 2000.
· Outside manuscript reviewer, Routledge Press, December, 2005; May, 2006.