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Lindsay Rae Privette

Assistant Professor of History
Academic Background
Bachelor of Arts in History, Baylor University
Master of Arts in History, University of Alabama
Doctor of Philosophy in History, University of Alabama
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2445
Lindsay Rae Privette

What classes do you teach at AU?

US History 1; US History 2; Colonial and Revolutionary America; Civil War and Reconstruction; War and Society; History of American Popular Culture; Tragedy and Memory

When did you start teaching at AU?


Why teach at AU?

College is challenging. It is a period of intense intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth. Sometimes, there seems to be more questions than answers. I remember those struggles well, and I remember the professors who not only cared about my intellectual development, but my spiritual development as well. I came to Anderson because I want the opportunity to mentor my students in the same way.


I love to read, play the flute, and travel all over the world.

People might be interested to know I...

I have been to all 50 states. My new goal is to visit every continent.

Places you've lived

Vicksburg, MS; Waco, TX; Tuscaloosa, AL

What do you find most enjoyable about working at AU?

I love the people here. The dedication and camaraderie among the faculty and staff is inspiring, and my students are inquisitive and eager.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

History isn't about memorizing dates! It's about understanding people, and honestly, people haven't changed that much. If you can begin to understand something new about those who lived before us, chances are you'll learn something new about yourself as well.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

I'm a storyteller at heart, but I don't want my students to become passive listeners. Instead I wanted them to participate in the story and evaluate its usefulness.


"Contaminated Water and Dehydration during the Vicksburg Campaign," in American Discord: The Republic and its People in the Civil War Era, edited by Lesley J. Gordon, Megan L. Bever, and Laura Mammina, 99-115. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2020

"'We Yet Survive': Physician Patient Relationships and the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1853," Social History of Medicine 32, issue 1 (February 2019): 80-98

"More than Paper and Ink: Confederate Medical Literature and the Making of the Army Medical Corps," Civil War History 64, 1 (March 2018): 30-55.