John Verhayden

John Verhayden


  • PhD Student

My dissertation, “‘Clouds as Dark as Yankee Deeds’: Union Policy Toward Confederate Spies during the American Civil War,” analyzes Union policy toward captured Confederate spies and relates it to questions of national legitimacy, civilized warfare, international law, and nineteenth-century ideas of espionage, treason, and legitimate combatants during the Civil War.

Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS       2017-Present
PhD Candidate, American History

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN        2013-2017
BA History; BA Classics and Classical Languages, Literature and Linguistics; Minor in Political Science

Employment and Professional Activities
English and Social Studies Teacher, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School, Schenectady, NY (June 2021-Present).
Editorial Fellow, Environmental History, the Journal of the American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society (August 2019-July 2020).
Graduate Intern, Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, Mississippi State University (August 2019-May 2020).

Book Reviews:
Review of Silkenat, David, Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War. H-CivWar, H-Net Reviews. September, 2019. URL:

Conference Papers and Professional Presentations
“In the Shadows of Rebellion: Rose Greenhow and Union Policy Toward Confederate Spies.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Columbus, Ohio, May 2019.
“Government Cannot Stand upon Gallantries: Female Spies, Union Policy, and Dealing with Rose Greenhow.” The John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund & Lecture Series, Starkville, Mississippi, May 2020 (Cancelled due to Covid-19).

James W. Garner Scholarship. Awarded to an incoming PhD graduate assistant in memorial to the late James W. Garner, a distinguished political scientist and alumnus of Mississippi State University.


Instructor of Record:
HI 4133- “Civil War America, 1850-1877”
HI 1063- “Early U.S History”
Teaching Assistant:
HI 1063- “Early U.S History” (Distance Education)
HI 1073- “Modern U.S History”
HI 1163- “World History Before 1500” (Hybrid Education)
HI 4653/6653- “The History of Science and Technology” (Distance Education)
High School:
ENG 123: College Composition
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
The American Civil War in Film
ELA Grade 9
Social Studies Grade 8: “History of the United State and New York State II”

Society for Military History (2018-Present)
Mississippi State’s Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society;
-President (May 2019-August 2020); Vice President (August 2018-May 2019).
American Society for Environmental History (2019-Present).