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Brian Schoen

Brian Schoen

Associate Professor, Assistant Department Chair, & Director of the Masters of Social Sciences

433 Bentley Annex

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  • Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia
  • M.A. in History from the University of Virginia
  • B.A. from the University of Arkansas


  • Atlantic World; Nineteenth Century
  • United States
  • State Craft; Political Economy

Brian Schoen (pronounced SHANE) is Associate Professor, Assistant Chair, and Director of the Masters in Social Science Program in the Department of History. His research and teaching focus on the political, social, economic, and intellectual history of the early United States from its early struggles through its near dissolution in the midst of the Civil War. His research examines how international developments shaped regional perception, politics, commitment or opposition to slavery, and relationships to and within the federal union.

Before coming to Ohio University in 2006, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia and taught at Georgetown University and California State University, Sacramento. During the 2014-15 academic year, he was the Fulbright-sponsored Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History, at the University College, Dublin. While there, he delivered two public lectures: “American Interregnum: Secession, the US Civil War & the 19th Century’s Crisis of Governance,” and the Lincoln Lecture, “Abraham Lincoln: The Life and Death of a Statesmen,” available as a podcast through the HistoryHub.

He has presented to a variety of local and state level historical groups and was the content editor for An Introduction to Ohio University. He is currently working on a new book-length study of the statecraft of the sectional and secession crises and shorter pieces on Civil War diplomact and Ohio politics during the Civil War. His work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the Filson Institute, and an Ohio University Baker Fund Grant.



The Fragile Fabric of the Union

The Old South's Modern World



In addition Brian Shoen has authored several articles and book chapters on politics, southern history, slavery, and the Civil War.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters


In addition to his regular course offerings, Schoen routinely offers Honors Tutorials in these and related areas, graduate independent studies, and M.A. thesis supervision in 19th-century U.S. history.

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