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Department of History & Geography

Sarah Bowman

Assistant Professor


Dr. Sarah Bowman
Position: Assistant Professor
Office: Yancey Center 356
Phone: 706-507-8359

Office Hours

Spring Semester, 2019
Wednesday, 10:00am-12:00pm (Main Campus)
Thursday, 12:00-2:30pm (River Park)
or request an appointment by email


Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., M.Phil., Yale University
B.A., Brown University

Specialty Area

American Cultural History, United States 1865-1945, Memory, U.S. South


Dr. Bowman specializes in U.S. history between the Civil War and World War II. Her research focuses on the cultural history of the U.S. South after the Civil War. Her dissertation, "The Problem of Yankeeland: White Southern Stories about the North, 1865-1915," examines how white Southerners reimagined the North in the half century following the Civil War. The dissertation argues that these narratives about the North were crucial to the reconstruction of white southern identity and to national reconciliation after the war. Her current project examines white Southern memorialization of colonial and antebellum antislavery efforts in the region.

She teaches U.S. History since 1865 and Historical Methods, as well as courses on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, American memory, Reconstruction after the U.S. Civil War, and the history of U.S. women and gender.

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Bowman's essay, "Beyond Memory: The U.S. South and the Emotional Politics of Reconciliation," appeared in the essay collection Reconciliation after Civil Wars: Global Perspectives, edited by Dr. Paul Quigley and Dr. James Hawdon and published by Routledge (August 2018). Her book reviews have appeared in the Journal of Southern History.

She recently gave several conference presentations, including:

  • "The Pleasures of Satire: A New Perspective on the Emotions of Defeat," Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Birmingham, Alabama, November 11, 2018.
  • "Beyond Memory: The U.S. South and the Emotional Politics of Reconciliation," Reconciliation After Civil Wars: Global Perspectives, a conference sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech, Arlington, Virginia, October 14, 2016.
  • "Tales of Triumph: Post-Civil War White Southerners and the Cultural Politics of the Sectional Encounter," Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery Alabama, February 6, 2016.
  • "Anglo-Saxonism as a Language of Regional Difference: White Southerners and Reconciliation at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Palmetto Connections Symposium, sponsored by the University of South Carolina at Aiken and the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, Aiken, South Carolina, April 9, 2016
  • "Stories of Victimhood and Virtue: Postbellum White Southerners and the Memorialization of an Antislavery Past," British American Nineteenth Century Historians Conference, Cambridge, UK, October 11, 2015.

Dr. Bowman has also been active in the local community, giving the following talks:

  • "The Constitution and Popular Culture: Celebrating Nationhood in the Early Republic," talk at the Coweta Falls Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, September 14, 2017.
  • "Columbus Women and Columbus's Daughters in the New South," talk at the Oglethorpe Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Columbus, Georgia, October 5, 2016.
  • "Picturing the South: Exploring Regional Images in the Nineteenth Century," Lunch & Lecture series talk to accompany the exhibit Romantic Spirits, Columbus Museum, December 4, 2015.