Lauren Thompson, Ph.D.

Lauren ThompsonAssistant Professor of History

Director of Ethnic Studies & Gender Studies

Office: Carnegie Hall 106

Phone: (618) 537-6925


Ph.D., History, Florida State University (2015)

M.A., History, West Virginia University (2010)

B.A., History, Marietta College (2007)


Teaching Interests

Civil War Era

African-American History

Race & Ethnicity

U.S. Immigration

Sports History

U.S. Social Movements

U.S. Military History

Public History

Resistance and Dissent in America



Friendly Enemies: Soldier Fraternization throughout the American Civil War
, University of Nebraska Press (under contract)

“Escaping the Mechanism: Soldier Fraternization during the Petersburg Campaign” Civil War History, December 2017, Vol. 63, No. 4

“The Rights, Causes, and Necessity for Secession: The Interplay of Race, Class, and Politics in Antebellum Florida” in The Smallest Tadpole: Aspects of Florida in the Civil War Era, Edited by Seth Weitz and Jonathan Shepard, University of Alabama Press (under contract)

Teaching Philosophy

I strive to empower my students and foster their journey in becoming educated citizens.  I implement this vision through active learning, open-ended discussion, and the opportunity to think critically.  Additionally, I call upon examples from local history and students’ personal experiences to make the past more relatable.  I teach my courses through a social, or “bottom up,” lens in order to realize how ordinary people caused, shaped, and reacted to major historical events.  In deconstructing popular generalizations and complicating the broader narrative, students are able draw parallels between the past and present day.  It is through this recognition of historical trends, students continue to ask questions and seek the truth as the move on to their careers.


Faculty of the Year Nominee, Marietta College

Florida State University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Nominee

Joe M. Richardson Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient

Matthew B. Ridgway Research Grant, U.S. Military History Institute, Army War College

Andrew Mellon Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society

Ermine M. Owenby Travel Award, Florida State University

Leitch Wright Jr. Research Award

Regina Hale Canaga Graduate Fellowship, West Virginia University


Organizations & Memberships

Society of Civil War Historians

Organization of American Historians

Southern Historical Association

American Historical Association

Phi Alpha Theta