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. As reflected in her forthcoming book, Gettysburg 1963: Civil Rights, Cold War Politics, and Historical Memory in America's Most Famous Small Town (slated for publication by UNC Press in 2021), she is particularly interested in the intersection of African American histoyr and public memory. 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 articles and reviews have appeared in Journal of Southern History, The Public Historian, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, and History News. She is currently working on two projects: an article on the relationship between Virginia's commemoration of the Civil War and the expression of massive resistance and minimum compliance within the state, 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