Kaci Nash is recent Master’s graduate of the History Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include Nineteenth-Century America, the American Civil War, Family and Social History, New Military History, and Digital History. More specifically, she is interested in personal journeys, especially individualizing the experience of war, tracing family histories, and the process of midwestern settlement during the nineteenth century.
Her current research looks at the physical and psychological trauma inflicted upon soldiers during the Civil War and the impact of these experiences on post-war remembrance. She hopes to turn this into a comparative study of veterans of the Civil War and World War II.
In February 2013, her Master’s thesis was awarded the Lowe R. & Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award from the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The thesis explores Northern attitudes of imperial power in the Civil War South and the ways in which the Northerners who entered the region during the war exerted control over the Southern people and environment. The thesis was written concurrently with the digital history project, “On our way for the Sunny South, land of Chivalry”: Northern War Travelogues and the Southern Landscape.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas where her senior thesis focused on shifting female gender roles during Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War. She has served as a graduate research assistant and intern for several digital history projects at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, presented conference papers for both academic and public audiences, and conducted extensive archival research for herself and for collaborative projects.
At present, she is working temporarily as a Researcher and Project Manager on forthcoming history projects under the direction of William G. Thomas at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.