Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center sponsors a postdoctoral fellowship to support the professional development of a recent Ph.D. The fellow spends two years at Virginia Tech, during which time they teach courses in the history department, makes significant progress on a scholarly project, organizes an academic conference or an outreach program, and assists the Center director with Center activities. The fellowship is designed to benefit those pursuing tenure-track positions and/or alt-ac career paths.

Meet our 2020-22 postdoctoral fellow:

Caroline Wood NewhallCaroline Wood Newhall is the 2020-2022 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech. A native of New York, she received her degrees from Trinity College (Hartford) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Newhall specializes in 19th-century United States history, focusing on North American slavery, warfare, and the Civil War Era. Her dissertation, “‘Under the Rebel Lash’: Black Prisoners of War in the Confederate South,” analyzes the experiences of Black Civil War soldiers who became prisoners of war in the Confederacy. She is currently working on her book manuscript, as well as a digital database and mapping project centered on Black POWs’ movements throughout the American South. A past fellow at UVA’s Nau Center and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South, Dr. Newhall has written for several publications including Civil War History, the Civil War Monitor, and The Journal of the Civil War Era Muster Blog, as well as UNC Chapel Hill libraries’ For the Record blog on her research into the lives of enslaved people at UNC Chapel Hill. She has spoken at numerous engagements, including the National Park Service Lecture Program and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg, and is a member of several organizations including the Society of Civil War Historians, the Society for Military History, and the Southern Historical Association.

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Click here to learn more about previous VCCWS Postdoctoral fellows.

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