Lex Renda

  • Associate Professor, History
  • Affiliated Professor, Urban Studies


PhD, University of Virginia, 1991

Courses Taught

  • Hist 151 - America to 1877
  • Hist 404 - Topic: Politics and the Supreme Court in U.S. History
  • Hist 409 - Causes of the Civil War, 1828-1861
  • Hist 410 - Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Hist 595 - Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data
  • Hist 800 - Topic: Readings in American Political History
  • Hist 807 - The Age of Lincoln

Teaching Interests

  • United States History
  • American Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Jacksonian America
  • Statistical Methods in History
  • American Constitutional History

Research Interests

  • United States Political and Legal History
  • Nineteenth-Century United States

Related Activities

  • Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History
  • Coordinator of Summer and UWinteriM Instruction, College of Letters and Science

Selected Publications

Renda, Lex. The Agrarian Republic: Farming, Antislavery Politics, and Nature Parks in the Civil War Era. By Adam Wesley Dean XLV.4 Cambridge, Massachusetts: Journal of Interdisciplinary History (MIT Press). 2016: 604-606
Renda, Lex. “Was there a Post- Party Period (Review of The Nationalization of American Political Parties, 1880-1896, by Daniel Klinghard” Historical Methods 44.4 Ed. Kousser, J. M.(2011): 191-194.
Renda, Lex. “Review of Between Freedom & Bondage: Race, Party, and Voting Rights in the Antebellum North, by Christopher Malone” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 41.1 (2010): 154-156.
Renda, Lex. “Review of Pursuit of Unity: A Political History of the American South, by Michael Perman” Florida Historical Quarterly 88.4 (2010): 566-569.
Renda, Lex. “Review of Slavery and the Supreme Court, 1825-1861, by Earl Maltz” Kansas History 33.2 (2010): 138.
Renda, Lex. “Review of Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing and the Shattering of the Union, by John M. Belohlavek” Civil War History 55.4 (2009): 502-503.