Department ofHistory

Cooper Wingert

Cooper Wingert

Predoctoral Fellow in the Richards Civil War Era Center

113 Pond Lab

University Park, PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae:


Ph.D. in U.S. History Washington, DC Georgetown University
M.A. in U.S. History Georgetown University
B.A. in History, honors, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa Dickinson College


Cooper Wingert is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Georgetown University. He is a historian of slavery, federalism, and state-building during the Civil War Era. His in-progress dissertation examines how wartime freedom seekers and Union army provost marshals navigated civil-military tensions and brokered emancipation in the field, and in the process renegotiated and reinvented federalism in the United States. His scholarship has been featured in the Journal of American History (June 2023) and Civil War History (September 2023). Wingert is also the author of several books including Slavery and the Underground Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania. Wingert currently serves as Assistant Director of the National Park Service Project Slave Stampedes on the Southern Borderlands.


“Fugitive Slave Renditions and the Proslavery Crisis of Confidence in Federalism, 1850-1860.” Journal of American
History (forthcoming, June 2023)

“Fighting for State Citizenship in the U.S. Colored Troops.” Civil War History (accepted)

Targeted Tracks: The Cumberland Valley Railroad in the Civil War, 1861-1865. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2019.

Abolitionists of South Central Pennsylvania. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2018.

Slavery and the Underground Railroad in South Central Pennsylvania. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2016.

Emergency Men! The 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia and the Gettysburg Campaign. Lynchburg, VA: Schroeder
Publications, 2013.

Harrisburg and the Civil War: Defending the Keystone of the Union.Charleston, SC: History Press, 2013.

The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign’s Northernmost Reaches. Charleston, SC: History Press,
2012 (winner of 2012 Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. Literary Award)

Awards and Fellowships

2022-present Doctoral Fellow, Georgetown Slavery Archive

2020-present Assistant Director, Slave Stampedes on the Southern Borderlands (NATIONAL PARK SERVICE)

2017-2020 Contributor, Dickinson and Slavery project