A University lecturer’s debut book, on the American Confederacy, has won two prestigious book prizes.
Dr Paul Quigley has been awarded the 2012 British Association for American Studies (BAAS) book prize and the Museum of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Prize for “Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848-1865.”
Dr Quigley, who joined the University of Edinburgh in 2007, specialises in the history of the American Civil War, particularly the South.
Having graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Lancaster University in 1998, Dr Quigley then spent several years in the USA, completing his M.A and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina.
I am absolutely delighted that my book has been honoured with these two prizes. It is especially gratifying that the awards come from both sides of the Atlantic, and from such fine institutions.
Dr Paul Quigley
Lecturer in American History
The research for "Shifting Grounds" was supported by a number of grants, including a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2009-10, which took Dr Quigley to archives in Washington, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky.
Edinburgh’s History department offers a wide range of topics and periods, from Scottish, British and European to African, Asian and the Americas.
It is home to one of the largest concentrations of U.S. historians outside the United States, who teach an array of undergraduate courses and a dedicated MSc in American History.
This article was published on Apr 11, 2012