AHA President, 2024


Duke University

Thavolia Glymph is Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History, professor of law, and faculty research scholar in the Population Research Institute at Duke University. She is a historian of the US South and the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household (2008) and The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation (2020). She served as a member of the AHA Nominating Committee from 2013—16 and the AHA Program Committee in 2012. She has served as chair and associate chair of departments to which she has belonged and directs the recently established Duke Institutional History Project. She supports the AHA’s commitment to a robust and nimble organization that can respond to the multiple challenges we face as a profession and nation particularly in the face of a global pandemic and threats to academic freedom and job insecurity. She was educated in the precollegiate public school system of the South, attended public and private universities, and has taught at large public universities and a private university. These experiences have strengthened her faith in the importance of liberal arts education and an academy diverse in its people and thinking.