Loyola University Maryland

Department of History

Tracy Barnett

AffiliateTracy Barnett
Office: Humanities 306


Tracy L. Barnett is a historian of nineteenth century America. At Loyola University Maryland, she teaches HS 100 Encountering the Past.

She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia. Rifles—their meaning to men and their availability in nineteenth-century America—are at the center of her work. Her dissertation, “Men and Their Guns: The Culture of Self-Deputized Manhood in the South, 1850–1877,” analyzes the historic origins of America’s gun culture and its mutually constitutive relationship to white supremacist ideology. 

Her scholarship has been published in Civil War History, the Georgia Historical Quarterly, and The Washington Post. She regularly contributes to the Civil War Monitor, a popular magazine devoted to the Civil War Era. In addition, she has worked on various digital and public history projects, including the Athens Death Project and at the Atlanta History Center.

Area of Specialization

United States History, Nineteenth Century History, Digital History, Public History

Courses Taught

HS100 Encountering the Past

Michael Ashley-Mennis

Michael Ashley-Mennis

This 2010 grad, who teaches social studies at a Catholic institution, developed his passion for education at Loyola