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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 his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in American Studies at Saint Louis University.  HeWarshauer joined the faculty at CCSU in fall 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, with students who rise to challenges and excel.

Dr. Warshauer’s 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 described the book 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.”  Dr. Warshauer’s work on Jackson and martial law was honored with both the CCSU Faculty Research Award and the Board of Trustees Research Award in 2007.  This marked the first time that a Connecticut State University System faculty member won both awards.

Warshauer followed with the 2009 publication of Andrew Jackson in Context.  Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham recognized that it “brilliantly sorts through the historiographical debate.”  Jackson historian Richard Latner of Tulane University noted, “Part historiography, part biography, Warshauer's book has much to recommend it to teachers and students, as well as to a wider audience interested in Jackson and his era.” 

While continuing to work on Jacksonian America, Warshauer also 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 served as co-chair of the Commission through 2015, organizing dozens upon dozens of events throughout Connecticut to explore and commemorate the war.  His and the Commission’s primary focus was to take the latest research on the state’s Civil War history and disseminate it among the public to offer a new and clearer understanding of Connecticut’s position on slavery and the war.   

That goal resulted in the publication of Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival (2011), which was 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 book publication, Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essay’s on One State’s Struggles (2014), which he edited, is authored by his many master’s students from 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’s trajectory as a scholar is parallel with that as an educator, both for his students and the public.  The Civil War project is a major case in point, as he encouraged and directed both his undergraduate and graduate students to participate in first-rate research, publication, and public presentations.  Dr. Cimbala recognized that Warshauer is “more than a scholar, but a teacher who engages his students in scholarship.”  Given the many public programs that Warshauer organized and in which he participated, he has also, Cimbala explained, “earned a reputation as a public intellectual.  In this role, he has made Connecticut one of the few states that has actually developed a comprehensive and acclaimed program to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.”  

Most recently, Dr. Warshauer has again shifted his research focus by exploring one of the biggest events in America’s recent past – 9/11.  With a particular focus on teaching the subject to a generation that has no real memory of the event, Warshauer began his mission with a 100 level course for non-history majors because he believed that most students had an innate curiosity and longing to understand this devastating episode.  Once again, he is pulling students into the research and learning required to gain a better understanding of what this event means to them and the nation.  His book, tentatively titled 9/11 Generation will be out in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

For his work in the classroom, Warshauer is annually included on the Excellence in Teaching Honor Roll at CCSU.  He is also recipient of the 2007 CCSU and Connecticut State University Faculty Research Awards.  In 2012 he presented with the Bruce Fraser Award in Public History by the Association for the Study of Connecticut History (the first time the award was ever given), and in 2011 the New England History Teachers’ Association honored him with the Kidger Award for Innovative Publishing and Teaching.  In 2012 was honored by students as an Inductee in the Golden Key Honor Society.  Most recently, Warshauer received CCSU’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, for his scholarship, teaching and dedication to making life on campus better for everyone.  What can we say, he likes to plant flowers!  

Selected Publications:

Warshauer's Books

Books:

  • Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State’s Struggles (Wesleyan University Press 2014)
  • Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery Sacrifice and Survival (Wesleyan University Press, 2011). 
  • 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).

 

Book Chapters and Articles:

  • “Connecticut Copperhead Constitutionalism: A Study of Peace Democratic Political Ideology during the Civil War,” in Contested Loyalty: Civil War Era Dissent, Robert M. Sandow, ed., (Fordham University Press, 2018).
  • “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, (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 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: 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).

 

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