Texas A&M University-Kingsville Hulbert receives prestigious dissertation prize
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Hulbert receives prestigious dissertation prize

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016

Dr. Matthew Hulbert, history lecturer, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was honored recently with the C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize given by the Southern Historical Association. Hulbert’s dissertation was Guerrilla Memory: Irregular Recollections from the Civil War Borderlands written under the director of John Inscoe at University of Georgia. 

“The award is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation covering any historical aspect or time period of the American South. The award is named in honor of C. Vann Woodward, one of the most influential historians of the American South,” Hulbert said. 

“I was initially stunned and then honored to find out I'd won the Woodward Prize. This was partly because of the prestige of the award itself (and of caliber of past-winners), and partly because I know many of the other scholars who were up for consideration this award cycle; the quality of their work is fantastic,” he said. 

He added, “My genuine hope is that the award does less to help me personally and more to promote my book, The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory, which is based directly on the prize-winning dissertation. Scholars of guerrilla warfare during the Civil War and of the Civil War in the Western Borderlands have been making great strides recently -- and I consider this a win for those subfields of Civil War History as much as for myself,” 

About Dr. Matthew Hulbert 

Hulbert is co-editor of The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory and Myth and the author of The Ghosts of Guerrilla Memory: How Civil War Bushwhackers became Gunslingers in the American West.

He received his two bachelor’s degrees with honors in classical studies and history from University of Florida, Gainesville; his master’s degree in American history from North Carolina State University; and his doctorate in history from University of Georgia.

His dissertation also received the Lewis Eldon Atherton Dissertation Prize and the H.F. Guggenheim Dissertation Completion Fellowship.


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