Claudine Ferrell faculty photograph

Claudine Ferrell
Office: Monroe 217
Phone: 540.654.1476

Claudine Ferrell holds a Ph.D. from Rice University where her doctoral research focused on lynching in the South. A member of the Mary Washington history faculty since 1984, she has offered a wide range of courses in American history including legal, constitutional, and African-American history. Among her advanced courses are the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, and the Vietnam War. Her newest book is The Abolitionist Movement (2005).


  • Ph.D., Rice University, 1983. History.
  • M.A., Southwest Texas State University, 1975. History.
  • B.A., Southwest Texas State University, 1972. English.


History 131: United States History to 1865
History 132: United States History since 1865
History 299: Introduction to Historical Methods
Hist 300-x: The 1920s and 1930s
Hist 313: African American History to 1865
Hist 314: African American History since Emancipation
Hist 320: The Gilded Age
Hist 321: The Progressive Era
Hist 380: The United States since 1945
Hist 390: The United States and Vietnam
Hist 416: American Legal History
Hist 417: American Constitutional History
Hist 471V:The Era of Reconstruction


“Abolition” entry for the Encyclopedia of Slave Women.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

 The Abolitionist Movement.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.

Entries (“Thirteenth Amendment,” “Joint Committee on Reconstruction,” “New Orleans Riot,” Enforcement Acts,” “United States v. Cruikshank,” “Slaughterhouse Cases,” “Civil Rights Act of 1875,” “Compromise of 1877”) for the Encyclopedia of Reconstruction.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.

“Silver Standard” and “Neutrality Acts” entries for  The United States at War.  ABC-CLIO.  Fall 2005.

Reconstruction. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.

Method in the Madness: Teaching Research to History Majors.”  AHA Perspectives.  September 2002.