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Melissa Develvis

Title: Graduate Student
PhD Candidate in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. South
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Melissa Develvis

Advisor: Dr. Mark Smith

Education: B.A. English, B.A. History, University of Georgia ‘14.

Bio: I am a fifth-year doctoral candidate in history specializing in women and gender studies, the nineteenth-century South, and emotions history. My dissertation, "Gendering Secession: South Carolina Women and Politics, 1860-1861," examines the developing political consciousnesses of white South Carolina women from John Brown’s Raid to the Fall of Fort Sumter, arguing that they expressed their politics through avenues traditionally coded as feminine and thus socially acceptable.

Fields: U.S. History to 1876, Women and Gender Studies, Environmental History

Historical Interests: Emotions History, Sensory History, Public History, Comparative Slavery

I have received the SPARC Grant from the University’s Graduate School as well as the History Department’s Wilfrid and Rebecca Callcott Award for Excellence in Historical Study. My article, “May the Lord shield and protect us from the terrible storm ahead of us’: Elite South Carolina Women’s Anticipation of Secession and War, 1860-1861,” is forthcoming from the Journal of American Studies. I have also written several peer-reviewed posts for the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum Blog.

In addition to four years of teaching assistance, I have taught History 111, or U.S. History to 1865, both online and on-campus. I have received the Department’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance. In the past, I have worked as a site interpreter for the Historic Columbia Foundation and in manuscripts processing at the South Caroliniana Library. I am currently working as a consultant for several projects and am a Graduate Research Associate for the Kentucky Historical Society’s Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Edition.


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