Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Paul A. Cimbala Paul A. Cimbala
Professor of History
Office Location: Dealy Hall 621
Phone: (718) 817-3941
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Paul A. Cimbala, a native of Trenton, New Jersey, received his A.B. from St. Joseph College (now University) in Philadelphia and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to his arrival at Fordham University in 1987, he held an editorial appointment with the Black Abolitionist Papers Project at Florida State University and taught at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. His research focus is the era of the American Civil War. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, war and American society, the American South, and African American history to 1877.

Dr. Cimbala is the author of Under the Guardianship of the Nation: The Freedmen’s Bureau and the Reconstruction of Georgia, 1865-1870 (1997, 2003), which received the Malcolm and Muriel Barrow Bell Award of the Georgia Historical Society, and The Freedmen’s Bureau: Reconstructing the American South after the Civil War (2005). He is also co-editor of several essay collections dealing with the Civil War era, including The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America’s Continuing Civil War (2010). He most recently published Soldiers North and South: The Everyday Experiences of the Men who Fought America’s Civil War (2010).

Dr. Cimbala participated in the editing of a volume of original documents in The Black Abolitionist Papers series dealing with African Americans and anti-slavery in Canada (1986) and has published articles, book chapters, and essays on slavery, Civil War soldiers, the northern home front, and the Freedmen’s Bureau, one of which received the Alex W. Bealer Award of the Atlanta Historical Society. He recently completed co-authoring with Randall M. Miller the forthcoming The Northern Home Front and America’s Civil War. He is at work on a monograph titled Soldiering on the Home Front: The United States Army’s Veteran Reserve Corps during the Civil War and Reconstruction and is now completing Veterans North and South: The Post-Combat Experience of Civil War Soldiers. In the future he expects to develop his research interests in political, social, legal, and economic adjustment of the northern states during the Civil War and Reconstruction years. He also continues to explore the Freedmen’s Bureau’s role in post-war adjustment withresearch on the agency’s work in securing pensions and bounties for black Civil War veterans. Dr. Cimbala is the founding editor of twoFordham University Press book series: The North’s Civil War and Reconstructing America. He edited those series from 1995 into 2012. 

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