Dr. Jennifer L. Gross is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.A. 1993), the University of Richmond (M.A. 1995), and The University of Georgia (Ph.D. 2001 and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, 1998). She has published several essays in scholarly collections including "'Good Angels:' Confederate Widows in Virginia," Southern Families at War , edited by Catherine Clinton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) and most recently "'And for the Widow and Orphan:' Confederate Widows, Poverty, and Public Assistance," Inside the Confederate Nation: Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas , edited by Leslie J. Gordon and John C. Inscoe (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005). She is also the author of Civil War Crossword (Athens, Ga.: Hill Street Press, 2004).
Dr. Gross is currently revising her dissertation research into a manuscript tentatively entitled, "'Good Angels:' Confederate Widows and an Insecure Southern Patriarchy. Additionally, Dr. Gross is a frequent contributor to textbook supplements and online textbook materials for Pearson Longman's Divine, et al., America: Past and Present Vols. I and II.
Her awards include various research grants including most notably a Women's Studies Research Grant from the Special Collections Library at Duke University and a Mellon Research Fellowship from the Virginia Historical Society. Dr. Gross currently teaches both halves of the American History survey course online, the American History Honors survey as well as graduate and undergraduate level courses on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, Women's History, Southern History to 1860, and West African History.