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Matthew Warshauer

Matthew Warshauer

Professor of History

Phone: (860) 832-2803
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Email: warshauerm@ccsu.edu

Dr. Warshauer received his B.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University in 1990, and completed his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in American Studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the faculty at CCSU in the fall of 1997.  If you had told him at the time of his graduation in 1990 that he would return to his alma mater and build a career, he would have thought you crazy.  But return he did, and he couldn’t be happier.  CCSU is a wonderful place to be.

His first book, Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law: Nationalism, Civil Liberties, and Partisanship (2006) was widely recognized as one of the newest considerations in many years of Andrew Jackson, receiving favorable reviews in major history journals and in the New Yorker, which describe his work as “lucid and well researched.”  Paul Doutrich, of York College, noted in the Journal of American History that “Warshauer presents a thorough and thought-provoking discussion about the early implementation of martial law,” and that “Warshauer’s Jackson is a calculating political tactician who skillfully and often ruthlessly used his power for his own purposes.”

Warshauer followed with the 2009 publication of Andrew Jackson in Context.  Author Jon Meacham recognized that it “brilliantly sorts through the historiographical debate.” At the same time Warshauer expanded his scholarly focus to Connecticut state history by serving from 2003-2011 as editor of the journal, Connecticut History.  This led him to extensive interaction with the state’s public history community, and to the creation of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission in 2009.  He currently serves as co-chair of the Commission and has helped to hold dozens upon dozens of events throughout Connecticut to explore and commemorate the war.

Part of this has involved the publication of Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival (2011), which has been described by Pulitzer Prize winning historian Mark E. Neely, Jr. as an “account that puts political parties and questions of racial policy at the heart of Connecticut’s wartime history.  I hope that every state’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War produces a study as good as this one.”

Warshauer’s most recent publication, Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essay’s on One State’s Struggles (2014), which he edited, is written by current and former master’s students in the CCSU Department of History.  The first such book of its kind in the University’s long history, it reflects Warshauer’s desire to provide his students with a professional opportunity to engage in real research and publication. Fordham University historian Paul Cimbala has written that “No Civil War collection worth its salt should be without this volume.”      

Warshauer is also a dedicated teacher who views every class as performance art and an opportunity to engage students.  He is recognized annually on the Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll at CCSU.  He is also recipient of the 2006 CCSU and Connecticut State University Faculty Research Awards, was awarded the 2012 Bruce Fraser Award in Public History by the Association for the Study of Connecticut History (the first time the award was ever given), the 2011 New England History Teachers’ Association Kidger Award for Innovative Publishing and Teaching, and in 2012 was honored by students as an Honorary Inductee into Golden Key Honor Society.  He serves on numerous committees and boards throughout Connecticut.

Warshauer's BooksSelected Publications:

  • Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State’s Struggles (Wesleyan University Press 2014)
  • “Difficult Hunting: Accessing Connecticut Patient Records to Learn about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder During the Civil War,” Civil War History 50 (4) (December, 2014): 419-452.
  •  “Northern Dissent,” A Companion to the U.S. Civil War, (Blackwell Companions to American History Series), ed., Aaron Sheehan-Davis, (forthcoming, 2014).
  • “Connecticut Copperhead Constitutionalism: A Study of Peace Democratic Political Ideology during the Civil War, in Contested Loyalty: Civil War Era Dissent, ed., Robert M. Sandow (Fordham University Press,  forthcoming 2014).
  • “The Emancipation Proclamation in Connecticut,” Connecticut Explored (Winter, 2013.)
  • “Copperheads in Connecticut: A Peace Movement that Threatened the Union,” in This Distracted and Anarchical People: New Answers for Old Questions about the Civil War Era North, edited by Andrew L. Slap and Michael Thomas Smith (Fordham University Press, 2012).
  • “The Notorious Hartford Convention,” Connecticut Explored, 10 (3) (Summer 2012): 26-31.
  • “The Hartford Convention: Partisanship in the War of 1812,” in Connecticut in the War of 1812, ed., Glenn Gordinier, Mystic Seaport (2012).
  • “Andrew Jackson and Legacy in the Battle of New Orleans,” in A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson, (Blackwell Companions to American History Series), ed., Sean Adams, (2012).
  • Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery Sacrifice and Survival (Wesleyan University Press, 2011).
  • Connecticut in the Civil War, guest editor, special issue of Connecticut Explored 9 (2) (Spring 2011); author with Mary M. Donohue, of “”Memorials to a Nation Preserved,” 38-43.
  • Andrew Jackson in Context (NOVA Science Publishers, 2009). 
  • Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law: Nationalism, Civil Liberties, and Partisanship (Tennessee University Press, 2006).
  • “Andrew Jackson: Slave Master” Tennessee Historical Quarterly 65 (Fall 2006): 202-229.
  • “Contested Mourning: The New York Battle over Andrew Jackson’s Death” New York History, (March 2006): 28-65.
  • “Ridiculing the Dead: Andrew Jackson and Connecticut Newspapers,” Connecticut History 40 (1) (Spring 2001): 13-31.
  • “Andrew Jackson as a 'Military Chieftain' in the Presidential Elections of 1824 and 1828: The Ramifications of Martial Law on Republicanism,” Tennessee Historical Quarterly 37 (Spring/Summer 1998): 4-21.
  • “Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Changing Conceptions of the American Dream,” American Studies Today Online http://www.americansc.org.uk/Online/American_Dream.htm- Received more hits than any article in the journal’s history.  (Fall 2003).  Reprinted in At Issue: Is the American Dream a Myth?(New York: Thomas Gale Publishing, 2008).