Stacy Pratt McDermott

Ph.D., History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2007
M.A., History, University of Illinois Springfield, 1993
B.A., History, University of Illinois Springfield, 1991
A.S., Journalism, Olney (Illinois) Central College, 1986

Current Positions
Consulting Historian, Center for State Policy and Leadership, University of Illinois Springfield.

Part-time Assistant Editor, Jane Addams Papers, Ramapo College.img_6134

Board Member, Abraham Lincoln Institute, Washington, DC.

Docent, Campbell House Museum, St. Louis, MO.


Mary Lincoln: Southern Girl, Northern Woman (New York: Routledge, 2015).

The Jury in Lincoln’s America (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2012).

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases, 4 vols. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008). (Assistant Editor).

Selected Presentations/Documentaries

Presentation: “Mary Lincoln on Mary Lincoln: Hearing the Voice of Mary Lincoln and Contextualizing Her Life and Legacy,” Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 19th annual symposium, Ford’s Theatre (March 2016),

Commentator in “Now He Belongs to the Ages”: Lincoln Tomb, Lincoln Monument Association (Autumn Leaf Productions, 2015).

Commentator in Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency, (WILL Public Media, 2008), (trailer).

 Social Media

Being Mack’s Momma Bear, blog (2014-present),

History for the Present, blog (2016-present),

Twitter @StacyPhD (2010-present), daily On-This-Day (#OTD) tweets about Abraham Lincoln.

Selected Essays/Articles

“A Tale of Two Marys,” guest blog, Civil War Pop (April 7, 2015),

“Lincoln Lore: The First Couple Shared a Love of Politics,” Illinois Issues (April 2015): 25-27,

“Stacy Pratt McDermott on Mary Lincoln,” guest blog, Routledge (January 23, 2015),

“Base Balls and Ballots: The National Pastime and Illinois Politics during Abraham Lincoln’s Time,” (2013), The National Pastime Museum online,

“Baseball and Ballots,” Illinois Issues (February 2012): 27-29,

“Who Freed the Slaves?” American History, ABC-CLIO, 2011.

“‘Black Bill’ and the Privileges of Whiteness in Antebellum Illinois,” Journal of Illinois History (Spring 2009): 2-26.

“Lincoln and Race,” Illinois Issues (February 2004): 2-5,

“The Power of Historical Circumstances,” a review of Lincoln by Richard J. Carwardine, on H-CivWar, H-Net (December 2003),

“‘An Outrageous Proceeding’: An Analysis of a Northern Lynching and the Enforcement of Anti-Lynching Legislation in Illinois,” Journal of Negro History 84 (Winter 1999): 61-78.

Electronic Media

The Lincoln Editor, quarterly newsletter of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, 2001-2015,

The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, Second Edition (online) (Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009),

The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, ed. Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000. (Assistant Editor).

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