Faculty in the Department of History

Anya Jabour

Anya Jabour

Regents Professor of History

Office: LA 254
Email: anya.jabour@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Tuesdays, 1-2pm and by appointment. All office-hour meetings will be conducted via Zoom (use this link to enter the "waiting room").

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Curriculum Vitae

Personal Summary

Anya Jabour is a professor in the History Department and a past co-director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Montana.  She teaches courses in U.S. women’s history, family history, and southern history as well as several upper-division and graduate writing courses. Professor Jabour was the 2001 recipient of the Helen and Winston Cox Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2014 recipient of the Paul Lauren Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award.

She has authored four books, Marriage in the Early Republic, Scarlett’s SistersTopsy-Turvy, and Sophonisba Breckinridge, and has edited a collection on Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children and another on Family Values in the Old South, and has published numerous articles and essays. She also served as a historical consultant for the PBS Civil War miniseries, Mercy Street

In 2013, Professor Jabour was named the University of Montana's Distinguished Scholar. In 2014 she received the George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment. In 2016 she was appointed Regents Professor, the highest honor in the Montana University System.

Professor Jabour advises graduate students in all periods of U.S. history whose interests intersect with her specialties in gender, sexuality, race, and reform. Her current and former graduate students work on topics such as marriage and divorce in the Old South; courtship and family life in the Victorian West, prostitution policies in the Progressive Era, and African American women’s role in the Civil Rights Movement. Several of her students also complete a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, an interdisciplinary program that offers opportunities to work with faculty in other departments as well as funding to support research and scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality. Please contact her by e-mail if you are interested in working with her as a graduate student.

Field of Study

U.S. Social, Political, and Cultural History; Women, Family, Gender, and Sexuality; The American South; Progressive Era and New Deal


PhD, Rice University, 1995
MA, Rice University, 1994
BA, Oberlin College, 1991

Selected Publications

Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women's Activism in Modern America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2019.

Topsy-Turvy: How the Civil War Turned the World Upside Down for Southern Children.  New York: Ivan R. Dee, 2010.

Family Values in the Old South. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010.

Scarlett's Sisters: Young Women in the Old South.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005.

Marriage in the Early Republic: Elizabeth and William Wirt and the Companionate Ideal.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.


Women in America:  From the Colonial Era to the Civil War

Women in America:  From the Civil War to the Present

The American South:  From Slavery to Civil Rights

Women and Slavery:  Slave Women, Slaveholding Women, and Antislavery Women

Southern Women in Black and White

Sexism and Racism:  Black Women in America

Families and Children in America from the Colonial Era to the Present

The Historian’s Craft

Freshman Seminar for History Students

Introduction to Historical Methods

The Americans:  To 1896

History Through Literature:  Women in Victorian and Modern America

Graduate Seminar:  Gender and Sexuality in American History

Graduate Seminar:  Gender and Politics in American History

Graduate Seminar:  U.S. Women’s History

Graduate Seminar: Gender, Society, and Politics in the U.S.

Graduate Research Seminar

Women’s and Gender Studies Senior Capstone (Co-Taught with Sara Hayden and Beth Hubble)

Feminism(s) and Film: First and Second Waves (Co-Taught with Sara Hayden, Comm. Studies)

Writing Women’s Lives: Biography, Microhistory, and Local History

Born in the U.S.A.: American History through Children’s Eyes (adult education)

Women’s Rights and Women’s Roles Around the World (global leadership initiative first-year seminar)

Women’s Activism and Human Rights in the U.S. (adult education)           

Confederate, Union, and Contraband: The Drama of the Civil War (adult education)