Professor Anne Rubin, University of Maryland

Anne Rubin, a highly respected expert on the history of the Civil War, is Associate Professor and Historical Studies Graduate Program Director at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

Her many publications include A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy: 1861-1868, a book for which she won the 2006 Avery O. Craven Award, awarded annually by the Organization of American Historians for the most original book on the Civil War or Reconstruction. The book also was honored as an alternate selection for the History Book Club and the American Compass Book Club. 

She also created (with Edward L. Ayers), The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War. This innovative web site and CDROM led to her becoming the first winner of the prestigious E-Lincoln Prize, which recognizes "the finest scholarly work on the era of the American Civil War" in new media. This work also received the 2003 James Harvey Robinson Prize of the American Historical Association, which is awarded biennially for "the teaching aid that has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching of history in any field."

The web site was also recognized as the Best Multimedia Project for 2001 by the American Association for History and Computing.

You may explore The Valley of the Shadow web site at Anyone who is interested in the Civil War period will find the web site of interest. You will also find on the web site a remarkable number of searchable records for Augusta and Franklin Counties in Virginia, including newspapers of the Civil War era, records of the Union and Confederate Armies, census records, letters and diaries, soldiers' records and considerable additional material. 

Professor Rubin is currently at work on a study of the collective cultural memory of William T. Sherman's 1864 March through Georgia and the Carolinas, entitled Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and America. 

Professor Rubin received her Doctoral and Master's degrees from the  University of Virginia. She is also a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University.

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Last updated: January 23, 2011