Sheila R. Phipps

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Associate Professor, Asst. Dept. Chair
Ph.D. College of William and Mary
Anne Belk Hall 214E
Full-Time Faculty
Area of Study
United States of America
Women/Gender History
Women's History, U.S. Colonial and Early Republican History
Assistant Department Chair (as of July 2016)

“My hope is that there will be no need for a separate study of women in history at some point because the people I teach will automatically look for women’s participation in the past and wonder why they are not there if they are missing. I am also determined, especially in my Writing History course and upper level courses, to treat my students as professionals who share my enthusiasm for my research as I share in theirs.”

Dr. Sheila Phipps completed her Ph.D in History at the College of William & Mary in 1998. She primarily studies issues pertaining to women, gender, colonial and nineteenth-century America, and the Civil War. In addition to teaching, Dr. Phipps acted as the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator between 2011-2015.

Selected Courses:

HIS 3424 American Women & Law

HIS 3222 History of Colonial America

HIS 3510 Women and the Civil War (Junior Honors Seminar)

HIS 2800 Writing History: Good Wives, Wenches, and Witches

HIS 2800 Writing History: “Appreciate All the Little Curses”: Cross-Gender Labor during the American Civil War

Selected Publications:


“'Appreciate All the Little Curses': Crossing the Boundaries of Gendered Labor."

A book-length study that compares and contrasts the efforts of both men and women during the Civil War to take on tasks normally assigned to the opposite sex.


Published Works:

“Rose O’Neal Greenhow: ‘Bearer of Dispatches to the Confederate Government,’” in Michele Gillespie and Sally McMillen, eds., North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Vol. I. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014, 73-93.

Co-Editor (with Jonathan Wells, Temple University), Entering the Fray: Gender, Culture, and Politics in the New South, University of Missouri Press, 2010.

Editor, Migration and Settlement Section, Encyclopedia of Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press, 2006.

Genteel Rebel: The Life of Mary Greenhow Lee, Louisiana State University Press Fall/Winter, 2004.

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