Professor of History and Director of Southern Studies
Ph.D., Emory University
Langdale Hall 307
Intellectual and cultural history of the American South
HIS 165 - Problems in American History
HIS 351 - The United States in the Industrial Era
HIS 356 - The Civil War and Reconstruction
HIS 361 - The Old South
HIS 362 - The New South
HIS 363 - African American History
Dr. Gardner studies the intellectual and cultural history of the American South, specializing in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She is the author of Blood and Irony: Southern White Women's Narratives of the Civil War, 1861-1937 and co-editor of Voices of the American South. She teaches in Africana studies, women's and gender studies, the Great Books Program, and directs the Lamar lectures on southern history and culture. She has recently finished a book titled "Reviewing the South: The Literary Marketplace and the Making of the Southern Renaissance." Her next project is an intellectual history of the Reconstruction-era South.
She has received fellowships and research grants from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University, the Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina, the Newberry Library, and the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin. This year, she has received Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships from the Virginia Historical Society and from the Huntington Library, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship from the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, and a Harrison Institute Fellowship in American Literature, University of Virginia.