Robert E. Bonner

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of History

  • Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography

Robert Bonner is the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography at Dartmouth and served, over the 2020-21 academic year, as the Rogers Distinguished Fellow in 19th Century American History at the Huntington Library. Previous books include Colors and Blood: Flag Passions of the Confederate South (Princeton University Press), The Soldiers Pen: Firsthand Impressions of the American Civil War (Hill and Wang); and Mastering America: Southern Slaveholders and the Crisis of American Nationhood (Cambridge University Press).   He is now completing a biographical study of Confederate Vice-President Alexander H. Stephens titled Master of Lost Causes and launching a book-length account of Confederate commerce raiding, privateering, and slave trading, titled Slaveocrats At Sea:The Global Menace of a Maritime Southern Confederacy.


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  • A.B. Princeton University
  • Ph.D. Yale University

Selected Publications

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Works In Progress

Confederate Infamy: The Proslavery Rebellion as Global Pariah

The Life of Alexander H. Stephens, Master of Lost Causes