Bridget Ford, Ph.D. Faculty Profile

Bridget  Ford, Ph.D.


Department of History

Dr. Bridget Ford is an expert in the United States Civil War era. 

Advising, Civil War and Reconstruction eras, Historical Writing, Teaching Methods

  • BA History; Barnard College, New York, NY
  • PhD History; University of California, Davis

Not teaching this semester.

Preface to Bonnie L. Ford, “Women, Marriage, and Divorce in California, 1849-1872,” California Legal History, vol. 16 (2021), 1-5.

“The View from California:  Teaching History in an Age of ‘Student Success’” (with Katherine Chilton, Christopher Endy, Michael Henderson, Bradley Jones, and Ji Son), Journal of American History, vol. 106, n. 4 (March 2020), 989-1011.

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

Panelist, “Textbooks and Teaching 2020: Teaching the Introductory U.S. History Course in the Age of ‘Student Success,’” Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Washington D.C., April 2020 (delivered virtually, July 2020, due to pandemic).

Chair, “Title V Roundtable: The U.S. Constitution in the California State University Classroom,” Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference, San Francisco State University, September 2019.

Chair and Participant, “Seeing the Student in ‘Student Success,’: Rethinking the U.S. History Survey Class in the Cal State System,” Culturally Responsive Teaching in the History Classroom, Teaching History Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, May 2019.

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


Cal Humanities "Humanities for All" grant, "Hayward is Home: Understanding and Belonging in the Heart of the Bay," 2023



Department Chair, 2019 to present.