Department of History

 Zombek on Penitentiaries

Angie Zombek, Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., University of Florida (2012)
  • M.A., University of Akron (2006)
  • B.A., The College of Wooster (2004)

Academic Interests

Dr. Zombek is a historian of the Civil War Era United States. Her first book project examined how the establishment and administration of penitentiaries influenced the administration of Civil War military prisons and shaped the identity of prisoners of war. Currently, she is working on a manuscript entitled, Stronghold of the Union: Key West Under Martial Law which is under contract with the University Press of FloridaShe is the managing editor of Kent State University Press's series "Interpreting the Civil War: Texts and Contexts," and is a Copie Hill Civil War Fellow with the American Battlefield Trust.

Before coming to UNCW, Dr. Zombek taught at St. Francis High School (Gainesville, Florida) and at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida. She also has experience working for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Courses Taught

  • HST 106: History of the United States since 1865
  • HST 290: Rock 'n' Roll & American Society
  • HST 346: The Old South 
  • HST 354: The Antebellum United States
  • HST 355: The Civil War & Reconstruction
  • HST 444/526: Sectionalism, the Civil War, and Reconstruction (fall 2021)
  • HST 520: Graduate Colloquium: The Civil War Era
  • HST 520: Graduate Colloquium Online MA for Teachers Program: The Civil War Era

Significant Publications

  • Penitentiaries, Punishment, and Military Prisons: Familiar Responses to an Extraordinary Crisis during the American Civil War, Kent State University Press (May 2018), won Honorable Mention as one of the Civil War Monitor's Best Civil War Books of 2018
  • “Catholics in Captivity: Priests, Prisoners, and the Living Faith in Civil War Military Prisons,” in Michael P. Gray, ed., Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered, Kent State University (Forthcoming, Nov. 2018)
  • “Citizenship – Compulsory or Convenient: Federal Officials, Confederate Prisoners, and the Oath of Allegiance,” in Paul J. Quigley, ed., The American Civil War and the Transformation of Citizenship, Louisiana State University Press, (June 2018)
  • “Paternalism and Imprisonment at Castle Thunder: Reinforcing Gender Norms in the Confederate Capital,” Civil War History, (September 2017) Vol. 63, No. 3
  • "The Power of the Press: Defining Disloyalty at Old Capitol Prison," Journal of the Civil War Era, (September 2020) Vol. 10, No. 3