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Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz

Assistant Professor, Social Science Teaching Program Coordinator

I am a historian of the 19th century United States, and I specialize in the broad Civil War era, the antislavery movement, the memory of the Civil War in American culture, and American women's history. My book, The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism, was published in 2013. I am also the coordinator for Social Science Teaching, and I work with students interested in teacher licensure in the History Department as well as in the Social Science Studies program (for those who wish to concentrate in Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology-Anthropology while seeking teacher licensure).

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
  • History
  • Women's Issues


PhD, Indiana University, 2009
MA, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2000
BA, Knox College, 1998

Research Interests

My book on the women of abolitionist John Brown's family was published by Cornell University Press in 2013, and I continue to be interested in the field of Civil War memory.  I am working on an article about John Brown's children in southern California in the late 19th century and about how their lives intersected with memory of the Civil War. Presently I am also beginning a new project on 19th century antislavery and women's rights reformers and their ideas about and experiences of motherhood.

Contact Information

Phone: 217-581-6362