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Dr. John V. Cimprich

Phone: 859-344-3394
Fax: 859-344-3345
Office Location: 2218

Dr. John Cimprich grew up in rural southwest Ohio. After receiving his B.A. from Thomas More College in 1971, he earned a M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1977) from The Ohio State University. He worked at O.S.U. as a temporary lecturer and then accepted a fellowship for learning historical editing at the Andrew Johnson Papers project (University of Tennessee). Next he held a string of temporary teaching contracts, mostly at Southeast Missouri State University. Adjunct work at Thomas More led to a full-time appointment in 1986. Since then he secured tenure and promotion to professor. Dr. Cimprich has served as chairperson of both the History Department and the Humanities Division. Dr. Cimprich primarily teaches courses about World Civilizations and United States History. He participates in the Political Science and Pre-Legal Studies programs with “American Constitutional History.” His teaching method emphasizes 1) the cultivation of a personalized environment, 2) critical thinking through class participation and reading primary sources, and 3) visual learning through still images and documentary film. Specializing in the American Civil War Period, particularly race relations, he is currently researching Northern reformers and runaways slaves during the war. His main publications are:

  • Fort Pillow, A Civil War Massacre, and Public Memory. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005.
  • Slavery's End in Tennessee, 1861-1865. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1985.
  • "Fort Pillow Revisited: New Evidence about an Old Controversy," Civil War History (1982), 293-306 (with Robert Mainfort)
  • "Civil War" and "Tennessee" in Randall M. Miller & John David Smith, eds., Dictionary of Afro-American Slavery. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1988.
  • "The Fort Pillow Massacre: A Statistical Note," Journal of American History (1989), 830-837 (with Robert Mainfort)
  • "A Critical Moment and Its Aftermath for George H. Thomas," in Randall M. Miller & John R. McKivigan, eds., The Moment of Decision. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.
  • "The Fort Pillow Massacre: Assessing the Evidence," in John David Smith, ed., Black Soldiers in Blue. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002.

Dr. Cimprich has long served as a chapter advisor for Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. That organization has tapped him to serve on its National Council, Advisory Board, and Paper Contest Committee in the past. He has participated in a variety of public history projects, most significantly as a consultant for the Fort Donelson National Battlefield. His other personal interests are travelling, swimming, and hiking.


B.A., Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY (1971) M.A., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (1973) Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (1977)

John V. Cimprich first came to Thomas More College in 1986.