Department Chair

  • James C. Harrison
    Professor of History
    Kiernan Hall 228

Bruce W. Eelman, Ph.D.

Professor of History 

227 Kiernan Hall
Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
Phone: 518-782-6728
B.A. The College of New Jersey
M.A. University of Maryland, College Park
Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park
A specialist in the American Civil War Era, Dr. Bruce Eelman began teaching at Siena in fall 2001. His courses include both halves of the U.S. History survey, Antebellum America, Civil War and Reconstruction, Westward Movement, and a host of special topics courses including Riots and Rebellions, the American South, and Lincoln’s America. He has team-taught courses on the Civil War and the American South which included travel to Virginia battlefields and to important historical sites in the Carolinas. Dr. Eelman serves as the History Department’s graduate school advisor.
Dr. Eelman’s first book, Entrepreneurs in the Southern Upcountry: Commercial Culture in Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1845-1880 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008) examined the rise of an entrepreneurial middle-class culture which laid critical groundwork for postwar southern industry.
Dr. Eelman’s current research shifts gears and moves out of the South to explore mob violence in the post-Civil War North. Specifically, he is interested in the wave of mob action in the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination.
Other scholarship:
“Manufacturers and Rural Culture in the Reconstruction-Era Upcountry.” In The Southern Middle Class in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Jennifer Green and Jonathan Daniel Wells. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, forthcoming 2011.
with Wendy Pojmann, Barbara Reeves-Ellington, and Scott K. Taylor, “How the Capstone Course Changed the Curriculum at Siena College,” In Perspectives on History, Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, April 2009.
“ ‘An Educated and Intelligent People Cannot be Enslaved’: The Struggle for Common Schools in Antebellum Spartanburg, South Carolina,” History of Education Quarterly 44 (Summer 2004): 249-269.