Jennifer Green

Jennifer R. Green is professor of history, specializing in nineteenth-century America, social history, and the Old South. She received her B.A. from Reed College and M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University. She joined the CMU faculty in 2001.

Office: Powers 206
Phone: (989) 774–2436
Email: green1jr@cmich.edu
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Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Green researches social class, education, and social mobility in the years before the American Civil War (1830–1860). Her work has examined southern military education and the emerging southern middle class to analyze the formation of the middle class in the nineteenth-century US. Her current project investigates how different occupations, particularly agricultural versus professional employment, affected social mobility in South Carolina, 1840–1860.

In addition to grants for her own research, she was an investigator on a Teaching American History grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. At CMU, she teaches the US to 1865 and specialty courses on the nineteenth century, offering on a regular basis: Civil War & Reconstruction, Jacksonian Era, and graduate colloquia.

Recent Publications

The Southern Middle Class in the Long Nineteenth Century (Louisiana State University Press, 2011). Co-edited with J. D. Wells.

Military Education and the Emerging Middle Class in the Old South (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Winner of the American Educational Research Association’s New Scholar Book Award.

Networks of Military Educators: Middle-Class Stability and Professionalization in the Late Antebellum South,” Journal of Southern History 63 (February 2007).

‘Practical Progress is the Watchword’: Military Education and the Expansion of Opportunity in the Old South,” The Journal of the Historical Society 5:3 (Fall 2005).

“‘Stout Chaps Who Can Bear the Distress’: Young Men in Antebellum Military Academies,” in Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South, ed. Craig Thompson Friend and Lorri Glover (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2004).​​

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