The Center sponsors a postdoctoral fellowship to support the professional development of a recent Ph.D. The fellow spends one year at Virginia Tech, during which time s/he teaches a class in the history department, makes significant progress on a book manuscript, organizes a conference or an outreach program, and assists the Center director with Center activities.
We expect to offer the postdoc again for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Please check back for application details in early 2020.
Meet our 2018-19 postdoctoral fellow:
Caitlin Verboon was the 2018-2019 Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she received her BA from the College of William and Mary and her PhD from Yale University. Her research interests broadly include the nature of the public sphere in the era of the Civil War, urban development, and the changing definitions of citizenship in the United States.
Verboon is currently revising her dissertation, Making Space: Race and Southern Cities, 1863-1877, which explores the ways black and white Southerners used public city spaces to remake citizenship after the Civil War. She has presented her work at several national conferences and events, including the Southern Historical Association, the Urban Historical Association, C-SPAN, and at the Society of Civil War Historians. She comes to us from the Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland, where she served as an assistant editor working on a volume of documents about family and kinship after the Civil War.
Click here to learn more about previous VCCWS Postdoctoral fellows.