Gregory P. Downs, Professor of History at University of California, Davis
Emancipation, Empire, and Expansion: Cuba's Crises and U.S. Anti-Slavery, 1848-1878
Gregory P. Downs is Professor of History at University of California, Davis, and the author of three books of history: The Second American Revolution: The Civil War Era Struggle over Cuba and the Rebirth of the American Republic (UNC, 2019); After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War (Harvard, 2015); and Declarations of Dependence: The Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South (UNC, 2011). With Northwestern's Kate Masur, he is co-editor of The World the Civil War Made (UNC, 2015), co-author of the National Park Service's first-ever NHL Theme Study on Reconstruction, and a leader of historians' efforts to lobby for the creation of the first-ever National Park Service site devoted to Reconstruction, created in January 2017 by President Barack Obama. With Georgia's Scott Nesbit, he created Mapping Occupation, a lauded digital history site on Reconstruction. He is also the author of the Flannery O'Connor Award-winning book of short stories Spit Baths (Georgia, 2006). He is currently completing the late Anthony Kaye's manuscript on Nat Turner and early American prophecy.