Department of History

Jacob Clawson

Jacob Clawson

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Jacob Clawson is a Ph.D. student majoring in American history prior to 1865 under Dr. Kenneth Noe and Dr. Adam Jortner. He is also pursuing minor fields in American history since 1865 and world history, with Dr. David Carter and Dr. Morris Bian, respectively. He came to Auburn in 2011 after receiving a B.S. (History) and B.S. Ed. (Social Science Education) from Western Carolina University. While at Western, he had the privilege of completing a teaching internship at the Nantahala School in Topton, North Carolina, where he gained experience teaching United States History, World History, and Civics and Economics. In addition to obtaining teaching experience at Western, he also completed a senior thesis that used the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 as a lens to examine the interplay between military strategy and the Presidential election of that same year.

At Auburn, his research interests are still in the field of war and society in the nineteenth century United States. Moving past the Civil War, his research now focuses Reconstruction, looking at irregular and informal modes of warfare and political violence outside the chronological scope of declared wars and the geography of what is traditionally viewed as a battlefield. More specifically, his research investigates southern militias and paramilitary organizations. His dissertation will examine how militia service and the politics of militia formation informed how both black and white southerners defined and redefined notions of citizenship and manhood in the volatile political milieu of the postbellum South. He is also interested in the twentieth century South and the history of American conservatism.

His article, “Labor in the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: The Laborers International Union, the Philpott Administration, and Labor Relations at Auburn University, 1972-1978,” will appear in The Alabama Review in 2014. He has also written review essays and book reviews for the Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians, the North Carolina Historical Review, Essays in History, and H-Net. Moreover, he is currently a member of the Southern Historical Association, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Society for Military History.

Last Updated: February 10, 2017