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Speaker Bio – Stephen Douglas Engle

The Smithsonian Associates Civil War E-Mail Newsletter, Volume 10, Number 6

Stephen Douglas Engle, a native of West Virginia, grew up in the Lower Shenandoah Valley near Harpers Ferry. He received his Ph.D. in American History from Florida State University (1989), and joined the faculty at Florida Atlantic University in 1990. In his eighteen years at FAU, he has served as the director of graduate programs (1997-2002), and was chair of the department for five years (2002-2007). He is currently professor of history, is married, and has two children--Taylor and Claire.  

He has received numerous professional research and teaching honors including the Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library, was Scholar-in-Residence at the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the American Civil War at Shepherd College, was a Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the New York Historical Society, as well as a research fellow at numerous institutions . He spent a year (1995-1996) as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany teaching at Martin Luther University. He has presented papers and lectured widely in the United States and in Germany, and is a member of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer Program, and most recently, has lectured for the Smithsonian Associates Program at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

He is author/editor of several books including most recently; This Mighty Scourge of War (together with Gary Gallagher, Robert Krick, and Joseph Glatthaar); and Powder, Leader and Cold Steel: The Civil War Letters of John H. Black (edited together with David Coles, forthcoming). His articles have appeared in several journals including Civil War History, Journal of Negro History, AHA Perspectives, and Yearbook of German-American Studies. He is a member of the AHA, OAH, SHA, the SGAS, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the American Civil War, the Abraham Lincoln Prize Advisory Board, and several academic press boards. In addition, he serves as the Executive Secretary and Book Review Editor for the Society of Civil War Historians, as well as an Advisory Board Member.

He is currently working on book-length project entitled "All the President's Statesmen: Abraham Lincoln, Union Governors, and the Negotiation of Power in the Civil War."