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Catherine Clinton came to Queen's in 2006, having previously taught at Union College, Brandeis University and at Harvard University - in both the Department of African American Studies and the Department of History.

She held an NEH fellowship in 2002-3 and a visiting professorship at Wesleyan University 2003-4. She has recently stepped down from the executive council of the Society of American Historians and continues to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Her biography of Harriet Tubman was named as one of the best non-fiction books of 2004 by the Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Tribune.

She is the author and editor of over twenty books, most recently: Mrs. Lincoln: A Life.


Related Website Addresses

Listen to Catherine's lecture "Hidden Connections: America's Peculiar Institution" at www.culturenorthernireland.org/MediaPlayer.aspx?media_id=98

Catherine's website at: http://www.catherineclinton.com/ http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/24609/Catherine_Clinton/index.aspx


Closing of the Slave Trades Conference with Yale University www.yale.edu/glc/queens/index.htm

Catherine's Podcast on Harriet Tubman: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/wp/?p=31

"Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom"

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820. After her escape to the North in 1849, she returned to the South more than a dozen times to ferry other slaves along the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his Harper's Ferry raid, and during the Civil War, Tubman served as a Union spy. In this lecture, historian Catherine Clinton details not only Tubman's life but also the quest to uncover new information on Tubman's extraordinary life.

Research Statement

Professor Clinton maintains strong research interest in US history, with specialization in women's history, southern history, African-American history and the American Civil War. She edits a series for Oxford University Press entitled Viewpoints on American Culture.

Her current projects include

  • A biography of Mary Lincoln.
  • An introduction to the Penguin Modern Classics edition of Mary Chesnut's Diary
  • An essay comparing the narratives of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass
  • "Sceptre and Masque," a study of Mardi Gras rituals in contemporary New Orleans
  • A collaborative project on the sexual dynamics of slavery: See www.brandeis.edu/projects/fse/
  • An essay on Abraham Lincoln's family life in a volume to be edited by Eric Foner for the Lincoln Bicentennial (2009)


Professor Catherine Clinton teaches on the following programmes / modules:


The American South, 1619-1865 (HIS2028)
The American South 1619-1865
African American Women's History (HIS3041)
African-American Women

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R1919HIS: Closing of the Slave Trades

Clinton, C.


Project: Research

Research Output

Stepdaughters of History

Clinton, C., Sep 2013, (In preparation) Louisiana State University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Clinton, C., Jul 2012, The Mary Lincoln Enigma: Historians on America's Most Controversial First Lady. Williams, F. & Berkhimer, M. (eds.). Southern Illinois University Press, p. 320-362 43 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mary Chesnut's Diary

Clinton, C., Apr 2011, Penguin. 352 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Breaking the Silence: Sexual Hypocrisies from Thomas Jefferson to Strom Thurmond

Clinton, C., Oct 2010, Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies. Brooten, B. (ed.). Palgrave/Macmillan, p. 213-228 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Clinton, C., 2009, Lincoln In American Memory Reader. Holzer, H. (ed.). Library of America

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


  • 1 PhD external examination

External Examiner, PhD

Catherine Clinton (Examiner)

May 2011

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination


The Freedmen's Bureau in reconstruction North Carolina

Author: Brown, D., Jul 2012

Supervisor: Kelly, B. (Supervisor) & Clinton, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy