Associate Professor of History

  • Office: Anderson Hall 255
  • Office Hours: M 12:30-2 p.m., WF 10-12, Or by appointment
  • Phone: (865) 981-8027

Aaron Astor, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. He has written numerous articles, conference papers and book chapters on the Civil War era, focusing especially on the Upper and Border South.  He is the author of the recently released Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860-1872, published by LSU Press for its Conflicting Worlds: New Perspectives on the Civil War series.  The book, which examines the transformation of grassroots black and white politics in the Border South, developed as a revision of his dissertation completed under the direction of Pulitzer Prize runner-up Stephanie McCurry and Pulitzer winner Steven Hahn, both now at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has also written eight articles for the award winning New York Times Disunion series, addressing such topics as guerrilla warfare, battles and campaigns in the Western Theater, popular politics, emancipation and race, and regional identity in the Appalachian South. 

Dr. Astor teaches at Maryville College, a private liberal arts college in Tennessee, where he covers a wide range of topics in American history from the Revolution to the present.  He contributes to several Civil War preservation and public education organizations in Tennessee, and regularly speaks about the Civil War and regional identity in the Upper South.   He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association and the Society of Civil War Historians, where he serves on the Membership Committee.

Dr. Astor graduated from Hamilton College in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. After working at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC, Astor entered Northwestern University where he earned his Masters Degree in 2001 and Ph.D. in History in 2006.

Courses Taught:

  • Nineteenth Century US History (HIS112)
  • Twentieth Century US History (HIS203)
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction in Tennessee (HIS200)
  • Appalachian Cultural and Social History (HIS248)
  • African American History (HIS303)
  • History of the US South (HIS349)
  • A Global History of Tennessee (HIS371)
  • Modern Western Civilization (WCV190)
  • Guerrilla Conflict in Comparative Perspective (SRS480)


Curriculum Vitae



Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860-1872

New York Times Disunion Series

Bluegrass Blues and Grays

East Tennessee: The Switzerland of America

The Party Spirit on Trial

Conspiracy at Lick Creek

The Fog of War

'Unconditional Surrender'

Andrew Johnson's Difficult Task

How the South Lost the Bluegrass State