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Robert Novak

Graduate Instructor

Major Field

Nineteenth-Century U.S. History

Minor Fields

Twentieth-Century U.S. History, Public History, and World History


Jason Phillips

Research Interests

Mr. Novak is interested in material culture, history of textiles, history of capitalism, the American Civil War, and the Market Revolution.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 152: Growth of the American Nation to 1865
  • HIST 153: Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present


Book Review - War Matters: Material Culture in the Civil War, Joan Cashin, ed., North Carolina Historical Review 98, no. 1 (Jan. 2020). 

Book Review - Nina Silber, This War Ain't Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America, West Virginia History 13, no. 2 (Fall 2019). 

“My Time with ‘Company Aytch:’ Personal Memory and the Kennesaw Line” in Stephen Davis, A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw to the Chattahoochee, May 5 – July 18, 1864 (El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie LLC, 2016). 

“’A Good and Substantial Brick Building’: The Monongahela Textile Company Building, 1896-1998” in Proceedings and Papers of the Monongalia Historical Society no. 13, 2015.