Department ofHistory

Mark Neely

Mark Neely

McCabe Greer Professor in the American Civil War Era

118A Pond Building

University Park, PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae:


PhD, Yale University, 1973
BA, Yale University, 1966



I am a U.S. political and constitutional historian, working mainly on the period 1787-1877. I write on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. I just finished a book called Terror and War in North America, 1864-1865 and am working on a political and constitutional history of the Civil War.

Recent Publications:

Lincoln and the Triumph of the Nation: Constitutional Conflict in the American Civil War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2011.

The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2005.

The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War North. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2002.

Southern Rights: Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism. Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1999.

Awards and Service:

Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University Graduate School (1995)
Pulitzer Prize for History, The Fate of Liberty (1992)
R. Stanton Avery Research Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, California (1997-1998)

Recent Courses:

HIST444W – The United States in Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
HIST449 – Constitutional History of the United States to 1877
HIST544 – Topics in the Civil War and Reconstruction