Jonathan W. White is associate professor of American Studies at Christopher Newport University, where he has taught since 2009. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman (2011), and Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014), which was a finalist for both the Lincoln and Jefferson Davis prizes. It also was selected as a “best book” in Civil War Monitor, and won the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 2015 book prize.
White has published more than 100 articles, essays and reviews, and is the winner of the 2005 John T. Hubbell Prize for the best article in Civil War History, the 2010 Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, and the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Prize for his Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History (2010).
He serves as vice chair of the Lincoln Forum, president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and serves on the boards of the Abraham Lincoln Association and the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. He also serves on the Ford’s Theatre Advisory Council and the editorial board of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. In 2017, C-SPAN invited him to participate in its survey of presidential leadership.
White’s most recent books include Lincoln on Law, Leadership and Life (2015); Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War (2017), which was selected as a “best book” by Civil War Monitor; and Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War (2018), which he co-authored with Anna Gibson Holloway. In 2019, he will publish College Life During the Civil War (Kent State University Press) with his student, Daniel Glenn. He is presently writing a biography of a convicted slave trader named Appleton Oaksmith.