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Jarret Ruminski, PhD


Ph.D. Nineteenth Century American History, University of Calgary, 2012.

  • Dissertation: “Southern Pride and Yankee Presence: The Limits of Confederate Loyalty in Civil War Mississippi, 1860-1865.”

  • Minor: Modern Latin American History.

M.A. American History, Youngstown State University, 2007.

Suma cum laude

  • Thesis: ‘“A Terrible Fascination:’ Civil War Photography and the Advent of Photographic Realism.”

B.A. English, Youngstown State University, 2004.

Cum laude

American Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. history, nationalism, violence and social conflict, Colonial and Modern Latin America, popular culture, nostalgia, history of rock and roll music.


Refereed Journal Articles

‘“Tradyville:’ The Contraband Trade and the Problem of Loyalty in Civil War Mississippi,” The Journal

of the Civil War Era 4 (Dec., 2012): 511-537.

Other Publications

Research Assistant, The Frederick Douglass Papers, Series Two, Autobiographical Writings, Volume 3:

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2013).

Book Review, Andre M. Fleche, The Revolution of 1861: The American Civil War in the Age of

Nationalist Conflict (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012), H-Nationalism Forum, Dec., 2012, online at
Book Review, Michael J. Pfeifer, The Roots of Rough Justice: Origins of American Lynching

(Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011), forthcoming, American Nineteenth Century History, 2013-2014.
Book Review, Charity R. Carney, Ministers and Masters: Methodism, Manhood, and

Honor in the Old South (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011), forthcoming,

American Nineteenth Century History, 2013-2014.

Book Review, Christian McWhirter, Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War

(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012), Ohio Valley History 12, (Winter, 2012): pp. 86-88.

Book Review, Hugh Davis, “We Will be Satisfied with Nothing Less:” The African American

Struggle for Equal Rights in the North During Reconstruction (New York: Cornell University Press,

2011), Civil War History 59, (June, 2013): pp. 262-263.

Book Review, Mary Bobbitt Townsend, Yankee Warhorse: A Biography of Major General Peter Osterhaus

(Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2010), Ohio History, Vol. 119, 2012, pp. 121-123.

Book Review, William E. Bartelt, “There I Grew Up:” Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth

(Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2008), Ohio History Vol. 117, 2010, pp. 132-133.


Panel Organizer, Borders of Allegiance: Slave and Freed People’s Encounters with the Nation-State in the Civil War

Era. Paper: “Loyalty and Mastery: Slaves’ Visions of Freedom in Civil War Mississippi,” to be presented at the Organization of American Historians meeting, April 10-13, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.
“‘Against the Integrity of a Man’s Honor and Integrity of Southern Principle:’ The Union Oath and

the Enforcement of National Identity in Civil War Mississippi,” British American Nineteenth Century Historians annual conference, Newcastle, England, October 12-14, 2012.

“Urban Emancipation: Cities and the Contested Public Sphere,” The American Civil War and the

Cities of the Slave South Book Workshop at the University of Calgary and Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 25-26, 2012.
“Commerce and Loyalty in Mississippi’s Civil War,” paper presented for The Department of History

Colloquium Lecture Series, University of Calgary, November 18, 2010.
‘“Tradyville:’ The Contraband Trade and the Problem of Loyalty in Civil War Mississippi,” at Society

of Civil War Historians Biennial Conference, June 17-19, 2010, Richmond, Virginia.
‘“A Terrible Fascination:’ Civil War Photography and the Advent of Photographic Realism,”

presentation for Youngstown State University Department of History Phi Alpha Theta Ceremony and Banquet, 2007.

“Survival and Rebellion: Smuggling in the Warsaw Ghetto.” Beyond Names, Beyond Numbers: The

Victims of the Holocaust Conference, held at Youngstown State University, 2006.

Upton Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship on Civil War America, University of Michigan William L. Clements Library, May 2013


Competitive Internal Funding, University of Calgary

Department of History Graduate Travel Scholarship, 2011

Faculty of Graduate Studies Doctoral Scholarship, 2010

Social Sciences & Humanities Graduate Conference Travel Grant, 2010

Doctoral Program Funding, University of Calgary

Department of History Research Support Scholarship, 2012

Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarships, 2008-2010

Social Sciences & Humanities Thesis Research Grant, 2009

Graduate Research Scholarship, 2008  

Dean's Entrance Scholarship, 2007

Chancellor Norford Scholarship, 2007

Awards and Scholarships, Youngstown State University

B’nai B’rith History Graduate Award, 2007

April Caruso Student Organization Service Award, 2007  

Crandall Scholars Scholarship, Department of English, 2003-2004


Teaching, University of Calgary, Instructor

History 205 – Encounters in World History: Violence and Social Conflict, Summer 2013: This thematic course covered how the interrelated themes of race, economics, religion, and nationalism spurred specific violent social conflicts in the 19th century United States, Mexico, Russia, and China.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

History 371 - Magic Science and Religion: Europe to 1600, 2008 and 2010

History 301 - The World to 1500, Winter 2010

History 207 - The History of the Americas: American Slavery, Winter 2009

History 333 – The Age of Totalitarianism, Fall 2007


History 367 – Latin America Since Independence, History 333 - The Age of Totalitarianism, History

477.02 - History of Science: 17th To 20th Century, 2010-11
Research Assistantships, University of Calgary

Research Assistant, Dr. Frank Towers, The Slave Power’s Grassroots, Department of History, January

2011-January 2012

Research Assistant, Dr. Faye Halpern, Transcribing Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Department of

English, 2008
Teaching/Research Assistantships, Youngstown State University

Teaching Assistant, History 2605 and 2606 – Turning Points in U.S. History to 1877, Since 1877

Research Assistant, Dr. Diane Barnes, Annotating Selected Notes from the Frederick Douglass Papers,

Department of History, 2006-2007  

Research Assistant, Dr. William Jenkins, YSU History, Department of History,



Oral History Transcriber, Youngstown State University Department of History, 2005-2006


The Society of Civil War Historians

Southern Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

British American Nineteenth Century Historians

Association for Documentary Editing

Phi Alpha Theta

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