Angela Esco Elder

Assistant Professor of History

Dr. Angela Esco Elder is an Assistant Professor of History at Converse College.  After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Ph.D in History, she became the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech.  Her dissertation, which explored the experience of Confederate widowhood, won the Southern Historical Association’s C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize and St. George Tucker Society’s Melvin E. Bradford Dissertation Prize in 2017.

At Converse, she teaches a variety of American history courses, including her specialty in the Civil War and women’s history, and unique courses like “Duels, Disease, and Disaster: Death in 19th Century America.” Dr. Elder sees great value in learning through hands-on experiences, with pedagogy like Reacting to the Past. In 2018, students awarded her the Faculty Involvement and Collaboration Award, in recognition of her commitment to the core values of Converse College. In 2019, she received the Joe Ann Lever Award of Excellence and in 2021, the SCICU Teaching Excellence Award.

In addition to book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and book reviews, Dr. Elder has published a co-edited collection, Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln.

Dr. Elder’s research has received grants from many institutions, including Duke University, Filson Historical Society, George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, Louisiana State University, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, University of Georgia, and Virginia Tech.  She has also presented her research at numerous conferences, including the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Society of Civil War Historians, and Southern Association for Women Historians.  She explains more about her first project in this interview with C-SPAN.

When she isn’t lost in stories of the American past, Dr. Elder enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband and children.

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Angela Esco Elder, Ph.D

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