Stephen Berry

Dr. Berry’s research explores the intersections of race, class, gender, family, depression, disappointment, and death in the nineteenth-century South. He is the author or editor of four books on America in the mid-19th century, including House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War, which was the Book of the Month Club main selection for March 2008, designated a We the People project by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and chosen by Owensboro Community and Technical College for its campus-wide Common Reading program. All That Makes a Man: Love & Ambition in the Civil War South (Oxford University Press, 2003) was a finalist for the 2004 Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship. His edited volumes include Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln (University of Georgia Press, 2017), A House Dividing: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 (“Dialogues in American History” series, Oxford University Press, 2015), Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges (University of Georgia Press, 2011), and Princes of Cotton: Four Diaries of Young Men in the South, 1848-1860 (University of Georgia Press and the Southern Texts Society, 2007). He currently oversees the web project “CSI Dixie: The View From the South’s County Coroner’s Offices, 1800-1900” ( This project is the winner of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Award, and has been featured in SlateThe New York Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Berry helps head the Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of Georgia, where he is Associate Academic Director for Digital Humanities at the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. Berry is also co-director, with Claudio Saunt, of the Center for Virtual History. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others.