Libra Hilde

Graduate Advisor

Contact Information

DMH 215, (408) 924-5512


Harvard University, 2003

Harvard University, 1994

B.A., magna cum laude
History and Native American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1991

Areas of Interest

  • 19th-century U.S. political and social history
  • Civil War, Reconstruction, and Slavery
  • Native American History
  • U.S. Women's and Gender History.



Slavery, Fatherhood, and Paternal Duty in African American Communities over the Long Nineteenth Century. The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

Worth a Dozen Men: Women and Nursing in the Civil War South (University of Virginia Press, 2012).


"Needles as Weapons: Southern Women and Civil War Relief," in Judith Giesberg and Randall Miller, eds., Women and the American Civil War: North-South Counterpoints (Kent State University Press, 2018).

"The Impact of the Civil War on Southern Marriage Patterns," Journal of Southern History, February 2010. (with J. David Hacker and James Holland Jones).


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 2017-2018

Dean's Fellow, Research Institute for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University.