Timothy Wesley is an historian of the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era and
the U. S. South. A former fellow with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center
at Penn State and editorial assistant with Civil War History, his recent work explores
the boundaries of church and state on the Civil War home front. His book The Politics
of Faith During the Civil War (LSU Press, 2013), for example, examines the wartime
debate over political preachers and clerical disloyalty and the ways in which religious
freedoms and civil liberties were compromised in and by that debate. His latest effort,
a chapter in an upcoming volume on women during the Civil War edited by Randall Miller
and Judith Giesberg, considers the millennialism of female Christian abolitionists.
In addition to authoring a number of recent book reviews and delivering papers at
several academic conferences, Dr. Wesley serves as a researcher for The People's Contest:
A Civil War Era Digital Archiving Project of the Penn State University Libraries.
In addition, Dr. Wesley teaches the Social Studies Methods Course and is faculty advisor
for students in the History Education program.