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Tracy L. Barnett

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Ph.D. Candidate

Tracy L. Barnett is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia. Rifles—their meaning to men and their availability in nineteenth-century America—are at the center of her work. Her dissertation, “Men and Their Guns: The Culture of Self-Deputized Manhood in the South, 1850–1877,” analyzes the historic origins of America’s gun culture and its mutually constitutive relationship to white supremacist ideology. 

Her research has been supported by the American Historical Association; Boston Athenæum; Georgia Historical Society; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; Hagley Museum and Library; University of Virginia; Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and other institutions.

Her scholarship has been published in Civil War History, the Georgia Historical Quarterly, and The Washington Post. She regularly contributes a quarterly column on nineteenth-century language to the Civil War Monitor, a popular magazine devoted to the Civil War Era. In addition, she has worked on various digital and public history projects, including the Athens Death Project, the New Georgia Encyclopediaand at the Atlanta History Center and George Washington's Mount Vernon

Along with her feline familiar, she lives in Washington, D.C. In 2022-2023, she served as an Assistant Teaching Professor of History at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.  

Selected Publications:

Reconstruction’s Sanctuary City: The Hidden History of Hamburg, South Carolina, co-edited with Carole Emberton (University of South Carolina Press, under advanced contract).

“‘Bow Low Down to Death’: The Gospel Pilgrim Society and Death in the Jim Crow Georgia,” (co-authored with Benjamin Ehlers) Georgia Historical Quarterly, Vol. CVI, No. 1 (2022): 1-21.

"The Sandy Hook settlement could transform the centuries-old marketing of guns,” Washington Post (February 23, 2022).

 “Mississippi ‘Milish’: Militiamen in the Civil War,” Civil War History, Vol. 66, No 4 (December 2020): 343-379.

"Acknowledge the Corn," “Jumping the Broom,” “Forty Rod,” “French Leave,” “Grapevine Telegraph,” “Seeing the Elephant,” “Suits of Shoddy,” “Grin and Bear it,” “Kicking and Kissing Ass,” and "Bully Boys,” in the “Fighting Words” series, The Civil War Monitor (2020-Present).


MA, United States History, University of Southern Mississippi, 2017

BA, History, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 2014

Of note:

Baird Society Resident Scholar Program, Smithsonian Institution, 2022 (delayed by COVID until 2024)

Albert J. Beveridge Grant, American Historical Association, 2021

Caleb Loring Jr. Fellowship, Boston Athenæum, 2021-2022

Dissertation Fellowship, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 2021-2022

Dooley Distinguished Research Fellowship, Georgia Historical Society, 2021-2022

Lewis P. Jones Research Fellowship in South Carolina History, University of South Carolina, 2021

Exploratory Research Grant, Hagley Museum and Library, 2021

John H. Daniels Fellowship, National Sporting Library and Museum, 2021

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation & Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Fellowship, 2021

Center for Civil War Studies Research Grant, Virginia Tech, 2020-2021

Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 2020

John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History Fellowship, University of Virginia, 2020  

Louisiana State University Libraries Special Collections Research Grant, 2020

Pre-Dissertation Prospectus Fellowship, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Summer 2019

Major Professor

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