Department of History
Research area: Modern U.S. History, Civil War History, Social History
Phone: (210) 458-7404
Office: MH 4.04.30
Office hours: T 10AM-1PM
Patrick J. Kelly, Associate Professor of History, grew up in Austin, and graduated with a B.A. in History from U.T.-Austin. In 1992 he received his Ph.D. from New York University. Before coming to UTSA in 1997, Dr. Kelly served as Lecturer in Social Studies at Harvard University and Visiting Professor of History at Tufts University. At Harvard he was awarded an award for excellence in teaching. His first book, Creating a National Home: Building the Veterans' Welfare State, 1860-1900 (Harvard University Press), focused on the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, the direct bureaucratic precursor to today’s Veterans Health Administration. His article, "The Election of 1896 and the Restructuring Civil War Memory," examines the Republican Party's deployment of Civil War memory in its effort to defeat William Jennings Bryan. Dr. Kelly’s research now focuses on the interconnections between the Civil War and the French intervention into Mexico, with a focus on events in the Rio Grande borderlands. His article, “The North American Crisis of the 1860s,”(Journal of the Civil War Era, September 2012) argues that the U.S. Civil War and French intervention must be viewed in a continental perspective. His article, "The European Revolutions of 1848 and the Transnational Turn in Civil War History" (Journal of the Civil War Era, September 2014) examines recent histories that embed the Civil War within global history. His essay, "The Cat's Paw, Confederate Ambitions in Latin America," appears in American Civil Wars: The United States, Latin America, Europe and the Crisis of the 1860s (UNC Press, 2017). With Rhonda Minten, Dr. Kelly edited a collection of primary documents, Living on the Edge: Texas During the Civil War and Reconstruction (Cognellla Press, 2015). His essay, "The Lost Continent of Abraham Lincoln," will appeared in Continent in Crisis: North America During the 1860s (Fordam University Press, forthcoming.) Dr. Kelly has received a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, an “Extending the Reach” fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Faculty Development Leave from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
He teaches courses (both undergraduate and graduate) on the Civil War and World War II, the introductory graduate Theories and Methods class, and the Proseminar-Seminar capstone M.A. course.
He also teaches both halves of the undergraduate U.S. survey, Texas History, Historical Methods, the Senior Seminar in History.
The San Antonio Express-News published the following article by Dr. Kelly, and it examines the interconnections between the U.S. Civil War and the French intervention into Mexico. Click here to view the article.
Dr. Kelly also wrote an article for the New York Times about President Lincoln. It can be viewed here.
The following article examines the interconnections between the U.S. Civil War and the French intervention into Mexico. It was published in the San Antonio Express-News in July 2013.
To read Dr. Kelly's article, "The North American Crisis of the 1860s," click here. It was published in The Journal of the Civil War Era in September 2012.
To ready Dr. Kelly's article, "The Election of 1869 and the Restructuring of Civil War Memory," click here. It was published in Civil War History in September 2003.
Main Office: MH 4.04.06
Department of History
University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Liberal and Fine Arts
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644