Ethan J. KytleKytle

Professor and Chair

Office Location
Social Science 101


Office phone: 278-6876

Ph.D. - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2004)
M.A. - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1999)
B.A. - Haverford College

Research/Teaching Interests: 19th-Century America; Intellectual and Cultural History; Civil War and Reconstruction; Slavery and Abolition; U.S. South; Historical Memory

Select Publications:


Denmark Vesey's Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy (The New Press, April 2018) [co-authored with Blain Roberts]

Romantic Reformers and the Antislavery Struggle in the Civil War Era (Cambridge University Press, August 2014; paperback, March 2016)

Articles and Book Chapters:

"A Republic of Fear," Reviews in American History, Vol. 45 (June 2017): 242-248

"'A Transcendentalist Above All': Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Brown, and the Raid at Harpers Ferry," Journal of the Historical Society, Vol. 12 (Sept. 2012): 283-308

"Looking the Thing in the Face: Slavery, Race, and the Commemorative Landscape in Charleston, South Carolina, 1865-2010," Journal of Southern History, Vol. 78 (Aug. 2012): 639-684 [co-authored with Blain Roberts]

"'Is It Okay to Talk about Slaves?' Segregating the Past in Historic Charleston," in Karen L. Cox, ed., Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (University Press of Florida, 2012) [co-authored with Blain Roberts]

"The Contradiction at the Heart of American Democracy," Reviews in American History, Vol. 36 (Sept. 2008): 390-396

"From Body Reform to Reforming the Body Politic: Transcendentalism and the Militant Antislavery Career of Thomas Wentworth Higginson," American Nineteenth Century History, Vol. 8 (Sept. 2007): 325-350

Op-ed essays for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Huffington Post, the Sacramento Bee, the Fresno Bee, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Durham Herald-Sun, LA Progressive, the History News Network, and Process: A Blog for American History

Courses Offered:


  • U.S. History to 1877
  • Historical Research and Writing
  • The American Civil War
  • The Reconstruction of America, 1865-1900
  • Jacksonian America, 1815-1848


  • Introduction to Graduate Writing and Historiography
  • Civil War and Reconstruction America
  • Slavery and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America
  • The Civil War and Slavery in Myth and Memory

Work in Progress:

I have just completed a book, co-authored with Blain Roberts, on how slavery has been remembered in Charleston, South Carolina, since the end of the Civil War. I am currently working on several new projects related to slavery, emancipation, and memory in the postbellum South.