ResidenceCambridge, Massachusetts, United States EducationWesleyan University, Yale University FieldsEnglish Studies, American studies, African-American studies BooksGiants, The State of Jones, The black hearts of men, Picturing Frederick Douglass, The Battle Hymn of the Repu Similar PeopleSally Jenkins, Newton Knight, James McCune Smith, Steven Mintz, Frederick Douglass
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John Stauffer is Professor of English, American Studies, and African American Studies at Harvard University. He writes and lectures on the Civil War era, antislavery, social protest movements, and photography.
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Education and career
Stauffer received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1999, began teaching at Harvard University that year, and was tenured in 2004. He was the Chair of History and Literature and Professor of English and African and African American Studies in 2013, Chair of the History of American Civilization and Professor of English and African and African American Studies from 2006-2012, and Professor of English, History of American Civilization, and African and African American Studies from 2004-2006. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Deborah Cunningham, and their two children, Erik and Nicholas.
He is the author and editor of eleven books, including two books that were briefly national bestsellers: GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008), which won the Iowa Author Award and a Boston Authors Club Award and has been translated into Mandarin, Arabic, and Korean; and State of Jones (2009), co-authored with Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins. His first book, The Black Hearts of Men (2002), won the Frederick Douglass Prize and Avery Craven Book Prize, and was the Lincoln Prize runner-up.
His most recent books are The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song that Marches On (2013), co-authored with Benjamin Soskis, which was a Lincoln Prize finalist and a Best Book of 2013 from Civil War Memory and Moore to the Point; and Sally Mann, Southern Landscape (2014). Stauffer's essays and reviews have appeared in Time, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, The New Republic, Raritan, and numerous scholarly journals and books. He has lectured in Europe and Asia for the State Department's International Information Programs. In 2009, Harvard University named him the Walter Channing Cabot Fellow for "achievements and scholarly eminence in the fields of literature, history, or art."
Stauffer appeared in the PBS documentary The Abolitionists and was an advisor for the film. He was also a consultant for the PBS documentaries The African American Express: Many Rivers to Cross (2013) and God in America (2010). He was also a consultant to the 2012-2014 exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY and contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue.
2013: Lincoln Prize finalist for The Battle Hymn of the Republic
2013: Best Books of 2013 for The Battle Hymn of the Republic: Civil War Memory and Moore to the Point
2009: Boston Authors Club Award: “Highly Recommended” (3rd Place) (for GIANTS)
2008: Association of American University Presses (AAUP) “must have” selection for Public and Secondary School Libraries (for The Problem of Evil, with Steven Mintz)
2007: Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize Nomination
2005: Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award
2005: Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, runner-up for the best essay (Meteor of War: The John Brown Story, “Introduction,” with Zoe Trodd).
2003: Avery O. Craven Award for the most original book on the coming of the Civil War, the Civil War, or the era of Reconstruction, from the Organization of American Historians (for The Black Hearts of Men)
2003: Lincoln Prize, Second Place Winner, for the best book on Lincoln or theCivil War era, from the Gettysburg Institute (for The Black Hearts of Men)
2003: Magill’s Literary Annual award, for The Black Hearts of Men
2002: Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Co-Winner, for the best book on slavery, resistance, or abolition, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute (for The Black Hearts of Men)
2002: Jan Thaddeus Teaching Prize, History and Literature, Harvard University
2000: Dixon Ryan Fox Prize finalist, for the best book-length manuscript on New York State, New York State Historical Association, 2000
1999: Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize recipient for the best dissertation in American Studies, American Studies Association
1997-98: Teaching Prize Fellowship Nomination, Yale University
Southern Landscape, photographs by Sally Mann, “Introduction and Reflections” by John Stauffer (Brewster, Mass.: 21st Editions, 2013)
The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On, co-authored with Benjamin Soskis (New York: Oxford University Press, June 2013).
Lincoln Prize Finalist, 2013: For best book on the Civil War era. Best Books of 2013, Civil War Memory: “Best Union Study” Best Books of 2013, Moore to the Point Best Books of 2013, Civil War Monitor
The Abolitionist Imagination, by Andrew Delbanco with commentaries by John Stauffer, Manisha Sinha, Darryl Pinckney, and Wilfred M. McClay (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012)
The State of Jones, co-authored with Sally Jenkins (New York: Doubleday, 2009).
New York Times bestseller (nonfiction) Over 30,000 hardcover copies sold Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by Doubleday.
GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (New York: TWELVE/Hachette Book Group, 2008). Published November 3, 2008.
Iowa Author Award 2009 Boston Authors Club 2009 award: “highly recommended.” Progressive Book Club featured selection. History Book Club featured selection. Boston Globe bestseller (nonfiction) Amazon.com bestseller Reviewed in over 100 newspapers and magazines Over 30,000 hardcover copies sold Korean, Mandarin, and Arabic translations
The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002).
Co-Winner of the Frederick Douglass Book Prize. Winner of the Avery Craven Book Award. Lincoln Prize 2nd Place Winner. Magill’s Literary Annual award for “best serious literature” in 2002. Full-page review in The New York Times Book Review.
“Book Review: ‘The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation’ by David Brion Davis,” The Wall Street Journal, Bookshelf, January 31, 2014:
“Fear and Doubt in Cleveland,” The New York Times Disunion: 106 Articles From The New York Times Opinionator, ed. Ted Widmer (New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2013), pp. 22–26.
“The ‘Terrible Reality’ of the First Living-Room Wars,” WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, by Anne Wilkes Tucker and Will Michels (Houston and New Haven: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Yale University Press, 2012), pp. 80–93.
Venues include Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Nov. 11, 2012-Feb. 3, 2013); the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles (March 23-June 2, 2013); The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (June 29-September 29, 2013); and the Brooklyn Museum, New York (November 8, 2013 – February 2, 2014).
Frederick Douglass, The Heroic Slave: A Cultural and Critical Edition, co-edited with Robert S. Levine (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014).
Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the Nineteenth Century, co-edited with Zoe Trodd and Marie-Celeste Bernier (New York: W.W. Norton, 2015).
Charles Sumner: A Cultural Biography, co-authored with Sally Jenkins. (New York: Doubleday, 2016).