Dr. Stephen D. Engle

Ph.D., Florida State University
Professor and Director, History Symposium Series

Areas of Expertise

  • 19th Century U.S.
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

Email: engle@fau.edu
Office Phone: 561-297-2444

engleSteve Engle studies and teaches the political and economic evolution of the 19th Century American Republic. His research in this period has focused on the study of the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and his books examine the ethnic dimensions of the period, civil-military relations during the war, and the politics of power. His books include: Yankee Dutchman: The Life of Franz Sigel (1993), Don Carlos Buell: Most  Promising of All (1999), Struggle for the Heartland (2001 a History Book Club Selection), The American Civil War in the West (2002), The American Civil War: This Mighty Scourge of War (2003, co-authored with Gallagher, Krick, and Glatthaar), A Yankee Horseman in  the Shenandoah Valley (2012, co-edited with David Coles), Civil War: Fort Sumter to Appomattox (co-authored with Gallagher, Krick, and Glatthaar, 2014); A War Worth Fighting: Abraham Lincoln's Presidency and Civil War America (2015). His recent work, Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union’s War Governors received the 55th Annual Barondess-Lincoln Award for 2017, and was a finalist for the Emerging Civil War Book Award. His articles and essays have appeared in Civil War HistoryReviews in American History, Journal of the West, Journal of Negro History, Yearbook of German-American Studies, Journal of Urban History, Massachusetts Historical Review, AHA Perspectives, and The American Historian. He is currently working on a biography of Massachusetts abolitionist and governor John Albion Andrew.

He has been the recipient of several research and teaching honors including the Giles W. and Elise G. Mead Fellow at the Huntington Library, a Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History at the New York Historical Society, the Scholar-in-Residence at Shepherd College's Civil War Center, the Frank Klement Lecturer at Marquette University, and an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society. He spent the year (1995-1996) as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany teaching at Martin Luther University as well as at the American History Institute in Wittenberg, Germany. He has presented papers and lectured widely in the United States and in Germany, and is a member of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturers' Program, and the Smithsonian Associates Program at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on C-span's "Lectures in American History," series, and in 2016 was named the Distinguished Teacher of the Year at Florida Atlantic University.

In addition, he has held several elective and appointive offices in the Southern Historical Association and the Society of Civil War Historians, serving as the Executive Treasurer and the Book Review Editor for the SCWH Newsletter. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board for the Abraham Lincoln Prize and the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, as well as several academic press boards.

A native of the Lower Shenandoah Valley, Steve grew up near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  He received his Ph.D. in American History from Florida State University in 1989. He spent a year teaching at Florida State University before joining the faculty at Florida Atlantic University in 1990. In his time at FAU he has served as the Director of Graduate Programs (1997-2002), and as Department Chair (2002-2007). He is currently the Director of the Department's Symposia Series.


Undergraduate Courses

  • Age of Jefferson and Jackson
  • Historical Methods
  • Senior Seminar
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • 19th Century America

Graduate Courses

  • The Historical Experience
  • Age of Jefferson and Jackson
  • 19th Century America
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

Curriculum Vitae (Available upon request)