Thavolia Glymph

Thavolia Glymph

Professor in History

External address: 
Box 90719, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), 114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), 114 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 668-1625
Office hours: 

Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 and  by appointment


Thavolia Glymph, professor of history and law, studies the U.S. South with a focus on nineteenth century social history. Glymph is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Women's Fight: The Civil War's Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (Littlefield History of the Civil War Era, University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming February 2020), numerous articles and essays, and co-editor of two volumes the award-winning documentary series, Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 (Series 1, Volume 1 and Series 1, Volume 3). She is currently completing a book manuscript titled African American Womenand Children Refugees in the Civil War: A History the Making of Freedom supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Her next project, "Playing 'Dixie' in Egypt: Civil War Veterans in the Egyptian Army and Transnational Transcripts of Race, Nation, Empire and Citizenship, 1869-1878," is a study of former Civil War officers who served in the Egyptian army during the Reconstruction era.  In 2015 and 2018, Glymph was the John Hope Franklin Visiting Professor of American Legal History at Duke Law School. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society and 2017-18 Thomas Langford Lecturer at Duke University. She surrently serves as the 86th president of the Southern Historical Association.  


Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Purdue University 1994

  • B.A., Hampton University

  • M.A., Purdue University

Spring 2020

North American History (Top) (HISTORY 790S-04)
West Duke 108A, M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Fall 2019

Civil War And Reconstruction (HISTORY 340)
Allen 318, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Spring 2019

Topics In History Seminar (HISTORY 390S)
Perkins 065, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Fall 2018

Topics In History Seminar (HISTORY 390S)
Class Bldg 242, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
North American History (Top) (HISTORY 790S-04)
Class Bldg 106, M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Fall 2017

Afr-American Women/history (HISTORY 349)
Friedl Bdg 240, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2017

Topics In History Lecture (HISTORY 390)
Friedl Bdg 240, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Gtwy: Am Slavery & Freedom (HISTORY 182S)
Carr 106, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Spring 2015

Gtwy Seminar: Topics In Hist (HISTORY 190S)
Carr 241, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Civil War And Reconstruction (HISTORY 340)
Friedl Bdg 240, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2014

Gtwy Seminar: Topics In Hist (HISTORY 190S)
Blackwell 119, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM