Daniele Celano

Field & Specialties

U.S. Civil War Era History
American Legal History
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the United States
Slavery in the United States


M.A. University of Virginia (2020)

B.A. Purdue University (2018)


“’In Consequence of Such Escape: Jailbreaks, Fugitivity, and Justice in Civil War Era Kentucky.” Forthcoming, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society (2023).

Current Research

Dissertation "Conflicting Laws of Liberty: How Fugitive Slave Law Reshaped Constitutional Civil Liberties in the Civil War" focuses on how the breakdown of fugitive slave law influenced civil liberties litigation in Kentucky and shaped the process of military emancipation during the United States Civil War.

“I Have Considered Myself Free”: Masculinity, Martial Law, and Military Emancipation in Civil War Era Kentucky. Southern Historical Association Annual Conference. November 2022. (Accepted)

“The Fierce and Malignant Opposition of the Slave Power”: Subjective Loyalty in Civil War Era Kentucky. Society for Civil War Historians Annual Conference. June 2022.

“Resist to the Last Extremity”: The Erosion of Fugitive Slave Law in the Civil War Border States. Ohio Valley History Conference. October 2019.

Graduate Research Associate for Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition, February 2021-January 2022

Awards & Honors

  • Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellowship | 2021-2023
  • Bradley Research Fellow through the Nau Center for Civil War History | 2022
  • Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowship | 2021
  • UVA Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Research Grant | 2021
  • UVA Graduate School Arts and Sciences Semester Teaching Relief | 2021 (Declined)
  • J. Carl Sewell III Graduate Research Fellow in Civil War History | Nau Center, University of Virginia | 2020-2021
  • Summer Research and Conference Travel Funding | Department of History, University of Virginia | 2019-2022

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant:

  • HIUS/WGS 3611 History of Gender and Sexuality in US History (Fall 2019)
  • HIUS 2051 US Military History 1600-1900 (Spring 2020)
  • WGS 3620 Women, Gender, and Sport (Fall 2020)
  • WGS 3611 History of Gender and Sexuality in US History (Spring 2020)

Guest Lecture:

  • HIUS/WGS 3611 April 2021: "Fugitives and Freedom" lecture on the gendered implications of the repeal of Fugitive Slave Acts and advent of martial law in the Civil War border states


  • WGS 3210 Gender, Sport, and Film (January 2021)