Faculty and Staff

Eric H Walther

Eric Walther
  • Phone: (713) 743-3101
  • Email: ewalther@uh.edu
  • Office: 531 Agnes Arnold Hall

Dr. Walther teaches U.S. history. His specialty has grown from the Antebellum South and the coming of the Civil War to a broader chronology of Southern history and more varied topics. Walther received B.A. in History and American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and his history M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He has taught at the University of Houston since 1991. Before coming to the University of Houston he held a post-doctoral fellowship with the Papers of Jefferson Davis at Rice University and taught at Texas A&M University.


Professor Walther teaches undergraduate courses that most often include the Survey of the United States to 1877, The Old South, and Research in Texas Slavery. He frequently offers graduate colloquia and seminars on various aspects of the 19th century United States and has recently added a colloquium on comparative slavery and forced labor. Soon he will be offering both graduate and undergraduate course in American LGBT history.

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Research Interests

Dr. Walther is the author of three books, numerous articles and book reviews. Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s, won a Choice Magazine book award in 2004. His biography of the foremost leader of secession, William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in the spring of 2006 and has received the James Rawley Award from the Southern Historical Association and the Jefferson Davis Award from the Museum of the Confederacy. He is currently working on a book and some articles concerning LGBT politics in Houston during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Selected Publications

  • “Changing Borders and Challenging Boundaries: The Lives of Enslaved Women in Texas,” in Texas Women: Their Lives and Times, University of Georgia Press, 2014.
  • “The Fire-Eaters and Seward Lincoln,” vol. 32, no. 1 (Winter) The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 2011.
  • William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, 2006).
  • Shattering of the Union: America in the 1850s (Scholarly Resources, 2003).
  • "Southerners' Honors," in Southern Studies, n.s. vol.12 (Fall/Winter 2005), 129-153.
  • Slavery, Race, and Culture as Causes of the Civil War, in Steven Woodworth, ed., The American Civil War: A Handbook of Research and Literature (Greenwood Press, 1996).
  • The Fire-Eaters and the Riddle of Confederate Nationalism," in Southern Studies, n.s., vol.3 (Spring, 1992 [published in 1994]), 66-77.
  • The Fire-Eaters (Louisiana State University Press, 1992).