Bridget Ford

Assistant Professor

Department of History

(510) 885-3242
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  • BA History; Barnard College, NY
  • PhD History; UC Davis


Not teaching this quarter.


American Crossings: Forging Union in a Civil War Borderland, book under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.  Expected publication date, 2013.

“Black Spiritual Defiance and the Politics of Slavery in Antebellum Louisville,” accepted for publication by the Journal of Southern History.  Expected publication date, February 2012. 

“Beyond Cane Ridge:  The ‘Great Western Revivals’ in Louisville and Cincinnati, 1828-1845,” Ohio Valley History vol. 8, n. 4 (Winter 2008), 17-37.


Chair and Commentator, “Slavery and Antislavery, Abolition and Citizenship.”  To be presented at the San Francisco Rights Conference, San Francisco, California, September 16, 2011. 

Participant, “Generations of Historians/Generation of History:  Roundtable Discussion by Members of Multi-Generational Families in the Historical Profession.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, San Diego, California, January 7-10, 2010. 

“Black Spiritual Defiance and the Coming of the American Civil War.”  Presented at the New Faculty Research Colloquium, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California, January 27, 2009. 

“Black Churches and the Making of an Antebellum Borderland, 1840-1860.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 17-20, 2008.

“Religious Conflict and the Making of an American Civil War Borderland.”  Presented at the

Western Association of Women Historians’ Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 15-18, 2008. 

“Black Spiritual Authority in the Antebellum Upper South.”  Presented at the Bay Area Seminar for Early American History, Davis, California, March 6, 2005.

“Borderlands of Belief:  Religion and Race in Cincinnati and Louisville on the Eve of the Civil War.”  Presented at the Cincinnati Seminar on the City (jointly sponsored by the Cincinnati Historical Society and the University of Cincinnati), Cincinnati, Ohio, November 13, 2003.

“‘Bringing glad tidings of great joy to all men’:  Religion and Nationalism in the Ohio River Valley, 1820-1860.”  Presented at The Filson Institute for the Advanced Study of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South, Louisville, Kentucky, May 16-17, 2003.

“‘Come all ye true friends of your nation’:  Religion and Race in a Nineteenth-Century American Borderland.” Presented to the New England Seminar in American History, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, December 3, 2002.

“New Hearts Bound in Sympathy:  Race and the Poetic Turn in Nineteenth-Century Evangelicalism.”  Presented at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 13, 2002. 

“‘Come out of Egypt’:  Revivalism and Reform among Black Protestants in the Upper South, 1830-1860.”  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Berkeley, California, July 11-14, 2002.

“A Transatlantic Trade:  British Romantics, Provincial American Women, and the Poetry of Antislavery.”  Presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, June 6-9, 2002.

“Understanding Another’s Plight:  Memoirs by Black and White Humanitarian Reformers, 1850-1900.”  Presented at the Organization of American Historians’ Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California, April 26-29, 2001. 

“Fragile Bands and Troubled Souls:  Protestant Disappointments in the Antebellum American West.”  Presented at the American Society of Church History’s Spring Meeting, New Haven, Connecticut, March 29-31, 2001. 

“New Stories for Children:  Antislavery Fiction and Child-Centered Reform in Nineteenth-Century America.” Presented at the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, January 4-7, 2001. 

“Gothic Sacred Architecture and the Pursuit of Beauty in the Nineteenth-Century American West.”  Presented at the Western Humanities Alliance Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 12-14, 2000.

“Romanism, Race, and Sentimental Reform in the Ohio Valley, 1830-1860.”  Presented to the Early American History Seminar, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 23, 2000. 

“The Apotheosis of the Child:  Race and Sentimental Piety in the Ohio River Valley, 1830-1860.”  Presented at the American Society of Church History’s Spring Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 29, 2000.

“Race, Childhood, and the Decline of Pity as a Nineteenth-Century Sentimental Ideal.”  Presented at the Western Association of Women Historians’ Annual Meeting, Pacific Grove, California, May 22, 1999. 

“Piety and Pity:  Interpreting Sentimental Antislavery Literature from the Ohio River Valley.”  Presented at the American Antiquarian Society’s Colloquium Series, Worcester, Massachusetts, November 12, 1998. 

“Evangelical Alliances:  Antislavery and Respectability in the Antebellum West.”  Presented at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic’s Annual Meeting, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, July 16-19, 1998.

Grants and Awards

Stanford University, Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, External Faculty Fellowship, 2011-2012

The Huntington Library, W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship for Young Scholars, 2005-06

American Antiquarian Society, Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellow, 2002-2003

Yale University, Center for Religion and American Life, Research Fellow, 2002-03

University of California Dissertation Year Fellowship, 1999-2000

Yale University, Pew Program in Religion and American History, Summer Dissertation Fellowship, 1999

American Antiquarian Society, Legacy Fellow, 1998-99

Western Association of Women Historians’ Graduate Fellowship, 1998

Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Billy Graham Center Research Travel Grant, 1998

American Historical Association, Albert J. Beveridge Grant, 1997-98

Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association Graduate Fellowship, 1997

Associate Alumnae of Barnard College Graduate Fellowship, 1997-98

University of California, Davis, Graduate Fellowship, 1998-99

Senate Fellow, California State Senate, Sacramento, 1991-92

Phi Beta Kappa, 1991

Eugene H. Byrne History Prize, Barnard College, 1991 (for superior work by an undergraduate majoring in history)

National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholar, 1990

Jenny A. Gerard Award, Barnard College, 1990 (for the student who is most proficient in the study of colonial history).

Faculty Support Grant, California State University, East Bay, 2007-2008

Assigned Time for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, California State University, Fresno, 2004-2005

Graduate Student Travel Award for Professional Meetings, University of California, Davis, 1998

Humanities Graduate Research Award, University of California, Davis, 1997-98

Pro Femina Research Consortium Graduate Research Award, University of California, Davis, 1997-98

Cross-Cultural Women’s History Research Award, University of California, Davis, 1997

First-Year Fellowship, University of California, Davis, 1993-94

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