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Erin Dwyer

Headshot - Erin Dwyer
Title: Associate Professor
Office: 408 Varner Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3519
Fax: (248) 370-3528

Ph.D., Harvard University

Major Fields:
19th-Century U.S. History, African-American History, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gender and Sexuality, Public History

Erin Dwyer  earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University in 2012 and began teaching at Oakland University in 2014. She specializes in 19th-century American history, particularly the history of slavery and the Civil War. Her first book,  Mastering Emotions , is forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press. Dr. Dwyer is currently working on a second book project about slavery and poison in the Atlantic World. Dr. Dwyer is also a passionate advocate for public history. She lives in Detroit with her family.


Mastering Emotions: Feelings, Power, and Slavery in the United States
 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021).

Department of History

Varner Hall, Room 415
371 Varner Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528