Bridget Ford Faculty Profile

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Bridget  Ford


Department of History

Bridget Ford is an historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras in the United States.

Civil War and Reconstruction, Early Republic, Teaching Methods, Single Subject Matter Preparation, United States survey course, Historical Writing, Historical Research Methods, Introduction to the History Major, MA courses in Civil War era.    

  • BA History; Barnard College, New York, NY
  • PhD History; University of California, Davis
Fall Semester 2022
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
HIST 39802InternshipARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus
HIST 40301Intro to Digital HistoryMW10:00AM11:40AMAE-0247Hayward Campus
HIST 69002Independent StudyARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus

Bonds of Union:  Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press), 2016.

“Flipping the Narrative on MOOCs in the Nation’s Largest University System,” Process: a blog for American history, January 26, 2016,

“Black Spiritual Defiance and the Politics of Slavery in Antebellum Louisville,” Journal of Southern History, vol. 78, n. 1 (February 2012), 69-106. 

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

Roundtable Chair, “Undermining ‘Student Success?’: How US History Surveys Landed on the Chancellor’s Shortlist for ‘Low-Success’ Courses and What 30 CSU Historians Did About It,” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Sacramento, California, April 2018. 

“Bonds of Union in a Civil War Borderland,” San Francisco Civil War Roundtable, San Francisco, California, May 2017.

“Bonds of Union,” The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, California, April 2017.

“Unexpected Bonds of Union:  Unlocking our Diverse Past to Imagine a More Inclusive Future,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, East Bay, January 2017.

Participant, “Highest Impact:  The Real Hunger Games via Reacting to the Past,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, San Francisco, California, January 2017.

“Unexpected Bonds of Union:  Unlocking our Diverse Past to Imagine a More Inclusive Future,” University Library, California State University, East Bay, May 2016.

“Black Spiritual Defiance and the Politics of Slavery in an Antebellum Borderland,” Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, California, December 2011.

Chair and Commentator, “Slavery and Antislavery, Abolition and Citizenship,” San Francisco Rights Conference, San Francisco, California, September 2011. 

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

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

Diversity Advocate, Search Committee, Department of History, 2016-2017.

Chair, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, Department of History, 2016-2017

Director, University Honors Program, 2013-2017

Coordinator, Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Social Science, 2007 to date. 

Faculty in Residence, Office of Faculty Development, 2013. 

Legislative Aide, Office of California State Assemblywoman Barbara Friedman, Sacramento, California, 1992-93.

  • Developed legislative proposals, directed ten bills through Legislature, negotiated five into law.
  • Responsible for women’s issues, including domestic violence and economic equity, and state economic development, tax, and low-income housing issues.