Official portrait image Megan Kate Nelson

Megan Kate Nelson is a writer, historian, and cultural critic. Based in Lincoln, Massachusetts, she has written about Civil War and western history for the New York Times Disunion blog, JSTOR Daily, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Civil War Times, and writes a regular column on Civil War popular culture, “Stereoscope,” for Civil War Monitor.

In October 2017, she will give the C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Lecture in Western History and Culture at the University of New Mexico.

Nelson earned her BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and her PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and has taught at Texas Tech University, Cal State Fullerton, Harvard, and Brown.

She has published two books—Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (2012) and Trembling Earth: A Cultural History of the Okefenokee Swamp (2005). Her third book, Path of the Dead Man: How the West was Won—and Lost—during the American Civil War, is under contract with Scribner (Simon & Schuster).