Rachel A. Shelden

Assistant Professor


Dr. Shelden is Associate Professor of American History, specializing in the long nineteenth century. Her research and teaching interests include slavery and abolition, the Civil War, the U.S. South, and political and constitutional history. She is the author of Washington Brotherhood: Politics, Social Life, & the Coming of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), which received honorable mention for the Wiley-Silver Prize for the best first book on the American Civil War. Professor Shelden is also co-editor, with Gary Gallagher, of A Political Nation: New Directions in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Political History (University of Virginia Press, 2012). She also serves as the Book Review Editor for the Journal of the Civil War Era. Her current project explores the political culture of the U.S. Supreme Court from the Jacksonian Era to the 1890s. Professor Shelden received her PhD from the University of Virginia.