Kaci Nash holds a Master's Degree from the History Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include Nineteenth-Century America, the American Civil War, Family and Social History, Military History, and Digital History. More specifically, she is interested in personal journeys, especially individualizing the experience of war, tracing family histories, and the process of Midwestern settlement during the nineteenth century.
Her current research looks at the physical and mental trauma inflicted upon soldiers during the Civil War and the impact of these experiences on their post-war writings and remembrance.* She hopes to turn this into a comparative study of veterans of the Civil War and World War II. She is also working on updating and expanding her digital edition of the Civil War journal of Alcander Morse, a sergeant in the 37th Illinois.
At present, she is employed as a Research Associate in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at UNL, serving as Project Manager and Researcher for forthcoming history projects under the direction of professors William G. Thomas III and Jeannette Eileen Jones. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Chief Standing Bear Trail.
* This project was initially presented as a conference paper, "Union Veterans and the Fight over Civil War Memory," at the Great Lakes History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 9, 2010.