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Kate Masur

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of History


Areas of Focus

  • U.S Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Monuments
  • Civil rights
  • 14th Amendment
  • African American history
  • Abraham Lincoln


  • How Americans have confronted the legacies of slavery
  • 19th century American politics, law and the Constitution
  • Conflicts over equality and race in American history, particularly the 19th century
  • African American politics in the 19th century North, including in Chicago and Illinois


Masur is the author of Until Justice Be Done: American's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction (W.W. Norton, 2021). A frequent consultant for museums and the U.S. National Park Service, she has won fellowships from the NEH, the ACLS and Harvard's Hutchins Center for African & African American research. She currently co-edits the Journal of the Civil War Era.