• Robert Gudmestad •


The Basics

Name: Robert Gudmestad
  • History
Education: PhD, Louisiana State University
Role: Faculty
Position:  Associate Professor
Concentration:  American South, Civil War

Contact Info

Phone: 970.491.6050
Office: Clark B353
Office Hours:  Tuesdays, 10:45 - 11:30 and Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:45
Email: robert.gudmestad@colostate.edu


My research focuses broadly on the American South. My A Troublesome Commerce: The Transformation of the Interstate Slave Trade examines the changing nature of forced migration in the Early Republic. I argue for the importance of steamboats to the Southern, and by extension American, economy and society in Steamboats and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom. You can read two pieces related to steamboats on the Echoes Blog: one is about how river improvements stimulated commerce while the other is about explosions and the beginnings of federal regulation. I’ve also published an article on a baseball team and the memory of the Civil War in the New South. My current project looks at the use of ironclads and other naval technology to control access to the western rivers system during the Civil War.

In my courses I ask students to read a lot of primary source material and then ask good questions of that material. In many of my upper division courses, students select a primary source, dissect it, and then use it as the basis for a research project. I teach the first half of the American survey, the Civil War Era, Southern History, American Military History, the capstone course as American Sports History for undergraduates. For graduate students, I teach a readings seminar and a research seminar.

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