Kate Masur is associate professor of history at Northwestern University. She studies the nineteenth century United States, examining the intersections of law, politics, and everyday life, and exploring how Americans grappled with questions of race and equality after the abolition of slavery in both the North and South. Prior to Northwestern, she was an assistant editor at the Freedmen and Southern Society Project, at the University of Maryland.
She is the author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (UNC Press, 2010, paperback 2012), which earned honorable mention recognition for the 2011 Lincoln Prize and 2011 Avery O. Craven Award. She is the co-editor, with Greg Downs, of The World the War Made (UNC Press, fall 2015). The World the War Made grew out of a conference co-organized by Downs and Masur and hosted at the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State, the editorial home of The Journal of the Civil War Era.
Her articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of American History and Civil War History. Her article, “The African American Delegation to Abraham Lincoln: A Reappraisal,” Civil War History, volume 56, no. 2 (June 2010), earned that publication’s John T. Hubbell Prize for best article in the 2010 volume year. Masur also won the Binkley-Stephenson Award for Best Scholarly Article in the Journal of American History for the 2007 volume year for, “‘A Rare Phenomenon of Philological Vegetation’: The Word ‘Contraband’ and the Meanings of Emancipation in the United States,” JAH, volume 93, no. 4 (March 2007).