Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Harry L. Watson and William L. Barney

Graduate Email: fennessy@live.unc.edu

Education

B.A. Sewanee: University of the South, 2012
M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014

Research Interests

My dissertation, “Reconstructed Rebels: Nation-building and Self-Reinvention in the Post-Civil War South,” examines former Confederates who joined the Republican Party. My research interests include 19th and 20th century U.S. history, and the long history of American empire, nation-building, institutions, and citizenship.

I also work in D.C. with the Office of the Secretary of Defense – Historical Office. I am involved in multiple projects related to the history of defense policy post-1947.