Susanna Lee

Associate Professor, Director Graduate Programs


PhD, University of Virginia

Susanna Lee is associate professor and director of graduate programs in the History Department at North Carolina State University. She has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Wake Forest University. Lee specializes in nineteenth-century United States history. Her book, Claiming the Union, examines loyal citizenship in the post-Civil War South. She is currently working on two book manuscripts: one on the Dakota War of 1862 and one on civilians in central Virginia during the Civil War. Lee also works in digital humanities: she served as a project manager of the Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War at the Virginia Center for Digital History, and she also manages several digital history sites that present undergraduate and graduate student work: The State of History and Civil War Era NC.

Research Interests

  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Slavery and Emancipation
  • United States South
  • Women's History
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • History and Memory
  • Digital History

Courses Taught

  • Early American History (HI 251)
  • Sophomore Seminar (HI 300)
  • Introduction to Civil War and Reconstruction (HI 346)
  • Topics in Civil War and Reconstruction (HI 446 and 546)
  • Senior Seminar (HI 491)
  • Digital History (HI 534)
  • Historical Writing (HI 598)


Graduate Students

As Director of Graduate Programs, Professor Lee advises all incoming History MA students until they select an advisor. Professor Lee also accepts graduate students working on topics related to nineteenth-century United States history, especially the American South and Civil War and Reconstruction.

Graduate Advisees

Recent Work & Publications

  • Claiming the Union: Citizenship in the Post-Civil War South. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014
  • “Citizens and Traitors: Determining Loyalty in the Post-Civil War South.” in Creating Citizenship in the Nineteenth-Century South, ed. William A. Link and David Brown (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013) pp. 150-170
  • “Reconciliation in Reconstruction Virginia.” in Crucible of the Civil War, ed. Edward L. Ayers and Andrew Torget (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2006)
  • “Contested Unionism: William Pattie and the Southern Claims Commission.” in Virginia‚Äôs Civil War, ed. Peter Wallenstein and Bertram Wyatt-Brown (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2005)

Contact Information

  • Office Location

    260 Withers Hall

  • Phone: 919.513.2215
  • Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Office Hours

    SPRING 2015


Current Semester

HI 346-001
T H   130-245PM
WN 0029

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History