Dr. Sarah Gardner

University Distinguished Professor of History

Sarah GardnerEducation

  • B.A., M.A., Miami University of Ohio
  • Ph.D., Emory University

Research interests

Dr. Sarah Gardner studies the intellectual and cultural history of the American South, specializing in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She is the author of Blood and Irony: Southern White Women’s Narratives of the Civil War, 1861-1937 and co-editor of Voices of the American South. She teaches in Africana Studies, Women’s and Gender studies, the Great Books Program, and directs the Lamar lectures on Southern history and culture. She has recently finished a book titled Reviewing the South: The Literary Marketplace and the Making of the Southern Renaissance. Her next project is an intellectual history of the Reconstruction-era South.

Dr. Gardner has received fellowships and research grants from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History; the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the William R. Perkins Library, Duke University; the Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina; The Newberry; and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. She also has received Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowships from the Virginia Historical Society and The Huntington Library, an Earhart Foundation fellowship from the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, and a Harrison Institute fellowship in American Literature.

Contact Dr. Sarah Gardner


(478) 301-2859
gardner_se@mercer.edu