Mason History Professor Honored for Virginia Biography Writing

Posted: September 20, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: September 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

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By Catherine Probst

Cynthia Kierner. Creative Services photo

Cynthia Kierner. Creative Services photo

The Virginia Historical Society recently honored George Mason University history professor Cynthia Kierner with the Richard Slatten Award. The award recognizes her contributions to Virginia biography writing.

In her recent book “Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times,” Kierner chronicles the life of the oldest and favorite daughter of Thomas Jefferson and “offers a unique look at American history from the perspective of this intelligent, tactfully assertive woman.”

She is the 16th person to receive the Slatten Award, which was created in 1997.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Virginia Historical Society for my biography of Martha Jefferson Randolph,” says Kierner. “It is gratifying to know that my work is appreciated by the society and by readers across the state.”

Kierner is a specialist in the fields of early America, women and gender, and early Southern history. She is the author or editor of eight books and many articles. She is also a member of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lectureship Program and a past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians, and she has served on several editorial boards.

Her research has received support from the American Historical Association, the Virginia Historical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kierner’s most recent project is “Changing History,” a book on Virginia women’s history that she co-wrote. Her current book project is tentatively titled “Disaster Nation: American Calamities from Jamestown to Johnstown. “

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