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Front row: (L-R) Nancy Sinkoff, Paul Hanebrink, James Delbourgo, Rudy Bell, Paul Israel, Paul G. E. Clemens
2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


Louis Masuralt

Distinguished Professor, American Studies and History

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1985

American Studies
Ruth Adams Building, Room 202
131 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1414

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Research Interests

I am an American cultural historian who focuses on discrete moments and seeks to unpack their meaning, whether the events of a year or a single photograph or a seminal record album.  My most recent book is a study of Lincoln’s last speech and the problem of wartime Reconstruction.


  • Lincoln's Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 2012) Awarded prize for best book from the Abraham Lincoln Institute and the North Jersey Civl War Roundtable.
  • The Civil War: A Concise History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2009; paperback 2010; German edition Rogner and Bernhard, 2009; Italian edition, Arcana, 2010) Selected a favorite book of 2009 by the Chicago Tribune.
  • The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph that Shocked America (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2008; paperback 2009) Selected a Best Book of 2008 by the Los Angeles Times.
  • Autumn Glory: Baseball’s First World Series (New York, Hill & Wang, 2003; paperback 2004)
  • 1831: Year of Eclipse (New York: Hill & Wang, 2001; paperback 2002)
  • Rites of Execution: Capital Punishment and the Transformation of American Culture, 1776-1865 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989; paperback edition, 1991)

Selected Awards

  • Appointed to Historians’ Council of Gettysburg Trust, 2012
  • Elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 2012
  • Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, Trinity College, 2011
  • Elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians 2005
  • Elected to membership, American Antiquarian Society, 2003
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, City College of New York, 2001
  • Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1999
  • John Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University, 1992
  • Mellon Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities, Harvard University, 1989-1990

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