Holly Pinheiro, Jr.

Holly Pinheiro, Jr.

Assistant Professor, History

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Dr. Pinheiro has traveled the world, including being raised in Australia, due to his upbringing in a military family and academic career. After finishing graduate school, Dr. Pinheiro held a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama. He previously worked at Augusta University where he taught African American History. He joined Furman University in 2021.

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 Furman University Humanities Center, Book Development Grant
  • 2020 Augusta University Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Alabama
  • 2018 United States Embassy & BrANCH International Postgraduate Bursary
  • 2016 Charles Strong Dissertation Fellowship, University of Iowa


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • B.A., University of Central Florida
  • A.A, Valencia College

Research Interests

His research focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender, and class in the military from 1850 through the 1930s. Counter to the national narrative which championed the patriotic manhood of soldiering from the Civil War through the 1930s, his research reveals that African American veterans and their families' military experience were much more fraught. Economic and social instability introduced by military service resonated for years and even generations after soldiers left the battlefield. He has published articles in edited volumes and academic journals, in and outside of the United States.


  • The Families’ Civil War: Northern African American Soldiers and The Fight for Racial Justice (under contract with The University of Georgia Press in The UnCivil Wars Series)
  • “Am I a Man: Masculinity and Black Military Service during the American Civil War,” Revista de Historia Jeronimo Zurita
  • “Gendered Rhetoric and Black Civil War Military Recruiting,” Journal of American Nineteenth Century History