Specializes in United States history, particularly women's and gender history and the history of the American South.
Professor Spruill teaches courses in U. S. women's history, southern history, recent American history, and historical methodology. She is the author of New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States (Oxford University Press) and the editor of One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement (NewSage Press);VOTES FOR WOMEN! The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, the South, and the Nation (University of Tennessee Press). She is co-editor of The South in the History of the Nation: A Reader (Bedford/St. Martin's); the three-volume anthology South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, (University of Georgia Press), and a two-volume Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives. Spruill has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Historical Association, and president of the Southern Association for Women Historians. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Southern History and is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of American Studies, the journal of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS). She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2006-2007. In 2010-2011 she was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2011-2012 she had a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a Resident Associate at the National Humanities Center. Her work has also been supported by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.
Spruill is working on a book about the transformation of American political culture in the 1970s and the origins of the highly partisan, deeply polarized political climate we now inhabit. Her focus is on the great debates of the decade over women's rights and social roles which she believes played a crucial and largely unrecognized role in these developments. The issues that divided American women into warring camps in the 1970s divided the major parties and shaped the political discourse that would dominate national politics for years to come.
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