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Ms. Stephanie Lawton

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Department:
Department of History
Title:
Assistant Professor
Office:
Bennett Building
Phone:
606.539.4271 
Bio:

Education:
PhD Candidate, History, University of Virginia, in progress
MA, History, University of Virginia, 2016
BA, History, University of California Los Angeles, 2013
AA, Liberal Arts, Allan Hancock College, 2011
AA, Music, Allan Hancock College, 2011

Bio:
Stephanie specializes in nineteenth century United States history with an emphasis on presidential memory. Her current research project examines Greco-Roman influences on the presidential funeral ceremonies for presidents George Washington, Andrew Jackson, and Ulysses S. Grant. Before joining Cumberlands, Stephanie worked at the University of Virginia as an instructor, teaching courses from ancient Rome to modern China. She has also worked as a researcher for several digital humanities projects at the Virginia Humanities, UVa’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History. She has presented her research at several conferences and institutions, including Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute, the Southern Historical Association, and the Society of Civil War Historians, and she has been awarded research grants from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Culture and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. She enjoys reading fiction, watching movies, and taking her goldendoodle pup Chester for many, long walks.

Publications/Presentations/Lectures:
"Grant’s Tomb in a Global Context: Presidential Memory in the Age of American Empire,” Panel “Lightning Round: Future of the Field,” Society of Civil War Historians Annual Conference 2020, Raleigh, North Carolina, postponed until June 2021 

“Praises to the Dead: The Heroes of Antiquity and the Eulogies of George Washington,” Oxford Early American Republic Seminar, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, October 16, 2019

“Profit-seeking, Classicism, and the Tomb of Ulysses S. Grant, 1885-1897,” Association of British American Nineteenth-Century Historians Annual Conference, October 13, 2019, Edinburgh, UK

"Andrew Jackson, the Romans, and a Sarcophagus: An Unlikely Republican Memory,” Panel 53 “Andrew Jackson: The Religious, the Classical, and the Improbable in American Public Memory,” Southern Historical Association Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL, November 11, 2018

“Alive in Their Memory: American Soldiers Construct the Memory of Washington,” Panel 40 “In Relation to Washington: Soldiers and the Aftermath of the Revolution,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH, July 21, 2018

“In Memory of the Best: The Classical Commemoration of American Presidents in the 19th Century,” Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, February 15, 2018

“No Mere Frolic: Student Misconduct, Enslavement, and Socio-Cultural Space at UVA” Panel “For Friendship, For Freedom, For Union: The JUEL Project and UVA Students,” UVA Bicentennial Symposium on Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, & the Built Landscape, October 19, 2017

Faculty Expertise:
American History