Amy Murrell Taylor

  • Associate Professor
  • Interim Department Chair
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • History
1703 Patterson Office Tower
Other Affiliations:
  • Historic Preservation (College of Design)
Research Interests:

A.B., Duke University

M.A., University of Virginia

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on the social and cultural history of the U.S. South in the era of the Civil War and Emancipation.  Her first book, The Divided Family in Civil War America (UNC Press, 2005), explored the image and reality of families divided by national loyalties in the Civil War period.  Her latest book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps (UNC Press, forthcoming 2018), is a study of the many thousands of men, women, and children who fled slavery during the Civil War. It examines how their day-to-day experiences in military-supervised “contraband” camps shaped the way emancipation unfolded in the United States. Professor Taylor’s work also engages the methods of digital history, as well as the questions surrounding memory and public history.  She is currently a member of the board of editors of the Journal of Southern History, an editorial advisory board member of the Civil War Monitor magazine, and the co-editor (with Stephen Berry) of the "UnCivil Wars" series with the University of Georgia Press.

Great Teacher Award, UK Alumni Association, 2016 (Profile)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2009-2010
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2008-2009

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps (UNC Press, forthcoming 2018)

"Casualties," Civil War Monitor (March 2013)

“How a Cold Snap in Kentucky Led to Freedom for Thousands: An Environmental Story of Emancipation,” in Stephen Berry, ed., Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011)

“The Border States,” in Robert Sutton and John Latschar, eds., The Civil War Remembered: Official National Park Service Handbook (National Park Service, 2011)

Co-editor with Michael Perman, Major Problems in the Civil War and Reconstruction, 3rd ed. (Cengage, 2010)

Interchange: Digital History,” a discussion with seven other digital historians, Journal of American History (September 2008)

The Divided Family in Civil War America (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2005)


  • Cameron Boutin
  • Wes Farmer
  • Jacob Glover (PhD, 2017)
  • Steffi King
  • Jennifer McCabe
  • Andrew Patrick (PhD, 2017)
  • CJ Werking
  • Ruth White
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