Greg Downs is associate professor of history at the University of California, Davis. He studies the political and cultural history of the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries and is particularly interested in the relationship between intellectual history, political history, and race.
He is the author of After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War (Harvard Press, 2015) and Declarations of Dependence: The Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South, 1861-1908 (UNC Press, 2011)and is co-editor, with Kate Masur, 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. Greg’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Southern History and the American Historical Review.
Greg also is the co-creator and co-director, with Scott Nesbit, of the digital project, Mapping Occupation: Force, Freedom, and the Army in Reconstruction, which maps the presence and movements of the Union Army in the South during Reconstruction.