Steve Engle studies and teaches the political and economic evolution of the 19th Century American Republic. His research in this period has focused on the study of the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and his books examine the ethnic dimensions of the period, civil-military relations during the war, and the politics of power. His books include: Yankee Dutchman: The Life of Franz Sigel (1993), Don Carlos Buell: Most Promising of All (1999), Struggle for the Heartland (2001), The American Civil War in the West (2002), The American Civil War: This Mighty Scourge of War (2003, co-authored with Gary Gallagher, Robert Krick, and Joseph Glatthaar), A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley (2012, co-edited with David Coles), A War Worth Fighting: Abraham Lincoln's Presidency and Civil War America (2015). His current work, Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union’s War Governors is forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press. His articles and essays have appeared in Civil War History, Reviews in American History, Journal of the West, Journal of Negro History, Yearbook of German-American Studies, Journal of Urban History, AHA Perspectives, and The American Historian.
He has been the recipient of several research and teaching honors including being named the Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Fellow at the Huntington Library, a Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History at the New York Historical Society, the Scholar-in-Residence at Shepherd College's Civil War Center, and the Frank Klement Lecturer at Marquette University. He recently was named an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society for 2016-2017. He spent the year (1995-1996) as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany teaching at Martin Luther University as well as at the American History Institute in Wittenberg, Germany. He has presented papers and lectured widely in the United States and in Germany, and is a member of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturers' Program, and the Smithsonian Associates Program at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on C-span's “Lectures in American History,” series, and in 2016 was named the Distinguished Teacher of the Year at Florida Atlantic University.
In addition, he has held several elective and appointive offices in the Southern Historical Association and the Society of Civil War Historians, serving as the Executive Treasurer and the Book Review Editor for the SCWH Newsletter. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board for the Abraham Lincoln Prize and the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, as well as several academic press boards.
A native of the Lower Shenandoah Valley, Steve grew up near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in American History from Florida State University in 1989. He spent a year teaching at Florida State University before joining the faculty at Florida Atlantic University in 1990. In his time at FAU he has served as the Director of Graduate Programs (1997-2002), and as Department Chair (2002-2007). He is currently the Director of the Department's Symposia Series.
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