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About Dr. Domby

Dr. Adam H. Domby is an award-winning historian of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the American South. Having previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, he is now an Associate Professor at Auburn University.

His book, The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory (University of Virginia Press, 2020), examines the role of lies and exaggeration in the creation of Lost Cause narratives of the war, as well as their connections to white supremacy. Looking at pension fraud, Confederate monument dedications, and Confederate myths reveals that much of our understanding of the Civil War remains influenced by falsehoods. 


He has written on a variety of topics including prisoners of war, guerrilla warfare, and genealogy. He has multiple current research projects on topics including one on Confederate efforts to mobilize enslaved labor and another on African American military service. 

Dr. Domby has an extensive interest in public history having organized and co-convened with Simon Lewis a major conference marking the 150th anniversary of South Carolina's 1868 Constitutional Convention. The conference, sponsored by the Carolina Low Country and Atlantic World (CLAW) program began with the unveiling of a new state historic marker in downtown Charleston. As a graduate student, he worked as the research and content developer on UNC's Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina digital humanities project. He is currently working on a study for the National Park Service examining African Americans at Monocacy National Battlefield.

Dr. Domby teaches ​on a range of topics at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He is accepting ​both MA and PhD students.

A native of Atlanta and a former park ranger, Dr. Domby also enjoys hiking, cycling, fishing, kayaking, and backpacking, as well as walking his dog. He received his MA and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after receiving his BA from Yale University.

Dr. Domby regularly gives public and private lectures on the Civil War, historical memory, monuments, slavery on college campuses, and southern history. 

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