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Brooks Simpson

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Faculty Head & Professor (FSC)
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Faculty Head & Professor (FSC)
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Biography

Brooks D. Simpson is ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University, where he is a member of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts faculty and serves as faculty head of the Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication faculty. A member of the Honors Faculty at Barrett, The Honors College, during the spring 2017 semester he served as associate dean (interim) at Barrett's Downtown campus. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a BA in History and International Relations and earned his MA (1982) and PhD (1989) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research Interests

As a historian of the United States, Dr. Simpson studies American political and military history as well as the American presidency, specializing in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Publications
  • Brooks D. Simpson, ed. The Civil War: The Third Year Told By Those Who Lived It. (2013).
  • Albert Castel with Brooks D. Simpson. Victors in Blue. (2011).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. The Civil War in the East, 1861-1865. (2011).
  • Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, and Aaron Sheehan-Dean. The Civil War: The First Year Told By Those Who Lived It. (2011).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. The Reconstruction Presidents. (2009).
  • David W. Blight and Brooks D. Simpson. Union and Emancipation: Essays on Politics and Race in the Civil War Era. (2009).
  • Simpson, Brooks D, Grimsley, Mark. The Collapse of the Confederacy. (2001).​
  • Simpson, Brooks D. Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865. (2000).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 102First-Year Composition
ENG 230Introduction to Film Studies
ENG 301Writing for the Professions
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 492Honors Directed Study
HON 493Honors Thesis
HON 498Pro-Seminar
HON 499Individualized Instruction
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HST 315Political History of the U. S.
HON 370History of Ideas
HST 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HST 408Civil War & Reconstruction
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 370History of Ideas
HON 394Special Topics
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 370History of Ideas
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 599Thesis
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 394Special Topics
HST 493Honors Thesis
HON 494Special Topics
HST 499Individualized Instruction
HST 599Thesis
HST 790Reading and Conference
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 394Special Topics
HST 408Civil War & Reconstruction
HST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 499Individualized Instruction
HST 592Research
HST 599Thesis
HST 790Reading and Conference
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 394Special Topics
HON 494Special Topics
Presentations
  • Simpson, Brooks D. "The Rise of Ulysses. S. Grant". Liberty University Civil War Conference (Sep 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. The US Army and the Road to Emancipation. Sacred Trust Presentations @ Gettysburg NMP (Jul 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. The Rise of Ulysses S. Grant, 1862. 2012 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College (Jun 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. Civil War Blogging. 2012 Civil War Institute (Jun 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. Mark Grimsley's The Hard Hand of War. 2012 Civil War Institute (Jun 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D., and Grimsley, Mark. Antietam Battlefield Tour. 2012 Civil War Institute (Jun 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. Lincoln, Grant, Congress, and the Lieutenant General Act. United States Capitol Historical Society (May 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. The Civil War and Its Aftermath. United States Capitol Historical Society (May 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. Civil War Generalship. Society of Military Historians Annual Meeting (May 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. The Road to Emancipation. Tulsa CC Series on the American Civil War (Apr 2012).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. Barack Obama: Promise and Reality. Barack Obama and American Democracy Conference, Tufts Univ (Mar 2012).
  • Brooks D. Simpson. The Fruits of Victory: Ulysses S. Grant and the Legacy of the Civil War. Great Lakes History Conference (Oct 2011).
  • Brooks D. Simpson. Origins of the Department of Justice. OAH Convention (Apr 2011).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. "Union War Planning in 1861". US Capitol Historical Society (May 2010).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. "Nationalism in the Civil War Era". Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting (Nov 2009).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. "Lincoln, Congress, and the Management of Military Affairs". US Capitol Historical Society (May 2009).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. "Lincoln and His Contemporaries". Lincoln Bicentennial: ALPLM (Feb 2009).
  • Simpson, Brooks D. "Lincoln and the Civil War". Lincoln Bicentennial: ALPLM (Feb 2009).
  • Simpson, Brooks. NEW APPROACHES TO CIVIL WAR MILITARY HISTORY. Southern Historical Association (Nov 2006).
  • Simpson, Brooks. Abraham Lincoln: Flawed Warlord. The Art of Command in the Civil War Conference (Oct 2005).
  • Simpson, Brooks. Homefront and Battlefront in the Civil War. Grand Valley State University/Great Lakes History Conference (Oct 2005).
  • Simpson, Brooks. The Grant/Lincoln Relationship. The Art of Command in the Civil War (Oct 2005).
  • Simpson, Brooks. Ulysses S. Grant. The Ohio Eight: Ohio in Presidential Politics (Oct 2004).
  • Simpson, Brooks. Ulysses S. Grant and the 1864 Overland Campaign. Central Virginia Battlefield Trust (May 2004).
  • Simpson, Brooks. Declaration of Independence Presentation/Naturalization Ceremony
  • Simpson, Brooks. Home Front and Battle Front. Massachusetts School of Law Civil War Symposium
  • Simpson, Brooks. The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Simpson, Brooks. The Politics of Command. Massachusetts School of Law Civil War Symposium
  • Simpson, Brooks. The Road to Gettysburg. Blue and Gray Education Society
  • Simpson, Brooks. PFF and Graduate Training. American Historical Association
  • Simpson, Brooks. The Education of Historians in the 21st Century. American Historical Association Meeting
  • Simpson, Brooks. George B. McClellan. History America Tours, United States Military Academy
  • Simpson, Brooks. Searching for Ulysses. Illinois History Symposium
  • Simpson, Brooks. Explaining Victory. Southern Historical Association
  • Simpson, Brooks. Grant at Shiloh. Civil War Institute
  • Simpson, Brooks. Working to Define the Meaning of Victory: U. S. Grant and the Memory of the Civil War. Southern Historical Association
  • Simpson, Brooks. Combating Catastrophe: Ulysses S. Grant from Cold Harbor to the Crater. Deep Delta Civil War Symposium
  • Simpson, Brooks. Grant and the Wilderness Campaign. Mosby heritage Association
  • Simpson, Brooks. How Did Freedom Come?: A Reappraisal of the Emancipation Debate. Abraham Lincoln Symposium
  • Simpson, Brooks. The American Sphinx?. Conference on Presidential Rhetoric, Bush Presidential Library
  • Simpson, Brooks. The Midwest and the Civil War. Massachusetts School of Law Civil War Symposium
  • Simpson, Brooks. Ulysses S. Grant and the Rhetoric of Reconstruction. Texas A&M Conference of Nineteenth Century Presidential Rhetoric
Expertise Areas