Aaron Astor, PhD., is Associate Professor of History at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. He has written numerous articles, conference papers and book chapters on the Civil War era, focusing especially on the Upper and Border South. He is the author of the book, Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860-1872, published in 2012 by LSU Press for its Conflicting Worlds: New Perspectives on the Civil War series. The History Press released his most recent book, The Civil War Along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, in May 2015. He has also written eleven articles for the award winning New York Times Disunion series, addressing such topics as guerrilla warfare, battles and campaigns in the Western Theater, popular politics, emancipation and race, and regional identity in the Appalachian South.
Dr. Astor teaches at Maryville College, a private liberal arts college in Tennessee, where he covers a wide range of topics in American history from the Revolution to the present. He contributes to several Civil War preservation and public education organizations in Tennessee, and regularly speaks about the Civil War and regional identity in the Upper South. During Knoxville’s 2015 Civil War Sesquicentennial event he served as the President of the East Tennessee Civil War Alliance.
He is currently working on a book project that explores the 1860 Presidential election as a grassroots phenomenon from the perspective of four distinct American communities.
Dr. Astor graduated from Hamilton College in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. Astor then entered Northwestern University where he earned his Masters Degree in 2001 and Ph.D. in History in 2006. He has taught at Maryville College since 2007. He lives in Maryville with his wife, Samantha, and their children.
**Meet at 5PM at the parking lot for Oak Ridge Associated Universities South Campus (1299 Bethel Valley Road).at the corner of Bethel Valley Road and Pumphouse Road. Take Scarboro Road south from Oak Ridge past Y-12 to the ORAU South Campus. We will caravan from the parking lot at 5:15 PM.