Christa Dierksheide

Associate Professor, Brockman Foundation Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor

Nau 384
Office Hours: Fall 2019: Tuesdays, 1-3pm and by appointment

Field & Specialties

Age of Revolutions; Antebellum America; Thomas Jefferson; Slavery and Race;

Biography

Christa Dierksheide is the Brockman Foundation Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor and Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Senior Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

 

Prior to coming to UVA, Dierksheide was a Kinder Professor of Constitutional Democracy and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri.  Before going to Missouri, she was Historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.  She has curated or contributed to several recent exhibitions at Monticello, including _The Boisterous Sea of Liberty_(2008), _Mulberry Row: Landscape of Slavery_(2012), and _Sally Hemings: A Life_ (2018).

 

Dierksheide is the author of _Amelioration and Empire: Progress and Slavery in Plantation America, 1770-1840_ (Virginia, 2014) as well as numerous essays and articles on Jefferson, race, and slavery.  She is currently at work on two book projects – a global history of 19th century America told through the eyes of Jefferson’s grandchildren (under contract with Yale University Press) and a new book on Jefferson and slavery (co-authored with Nicholas Guyatt).

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