Civil War Era Studies

Jill Ogline Titus

Associate Director of Civil War Institute

Civil War Institute Office



Campus Box 0435


Civil War Institute

300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Taylor University, 2001
MA University of Massachusetts, 2003
PhD University of Massachusetts, 2007

Academic Focus

African American History, Public History, Modern US

Dr. Titus’s work focuses on 20th-century African American history, civil rights and public history. She is particularly interested in the intersection of African American history and public memory. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Journal of Southern History, The Public Historian, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, and History News. Her first book, Brown’s Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia (UNC Press, 2011), was a finalist for the Library of Virginia Literary Award. Her most recent essay, “Memorializing the Confederate Past at Gettysburg During the Civil Rights & Cold War Era,” appeared in Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide for Community Leaders, ed. David B. Allison (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield/AASLH, 2018). She’s currently working on two projects: a history of the interconnections between historical memory, the civil rights movement, and the Cold War during the centennial anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, and an exploration of northern communities that operated “study abroad north of the Mason-Dixon” programs for black high school students from the Deep South in the 1960s.    

From 2007 to 2012, Titus was Associate Director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she taught courses in African American history and historical fiction, and served as co-director of the Roots of a Nation Teaching American History Grant Project and director of the History on the Waterfront interpretive tour program. Prior to joining the staff of the Starr Center, Titus worked extensively for the National Park Service, including stints as a ranger at Independence National Historical Park and a curatorial assistant at Gettysburg National Military Park. While serving as a historian with the Northeast Regional Office of the National Historic Landmarks Program, she helped create the Sites of Conscience Project, which encourages stewards of historic properties to make their sites centers of civic dialogue.

Courses Taught