Dr. Andrew Fialka

Assistant Professor

Dr. Andrew Fialka
Room 271, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 23, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Georgia (2018)
  • MA, West Virginia University (2013)
  • BA, University of Missouri (2010)

Areas of Expertise

American Civil War, 19th and 20th Century U.S., Guerrilla War, Digital Humanities, Geographic Information Systems

Biography

I teach courses on American History, the Civil War & Reconstruction, GIS for Humanists (graduate), and Research Methods on Digital History Projects (undergraduate). My research uses spatial analyses in GIS to study guerrilla violence during the Civil War (see a digital presentation of my dissertation, Of Methods and Madness). In 2012, I worked as a National Park Service park...

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I teach courses on American History, the Civil War & Reconstruction, GIS for Humanists (graduate), and Research Methods on Digital History Projects (undergraduate). My research uses spatial analyses in GIS to study guerrilla violence during the Civil War (see a digital presentation of my dissertation, Of Methods and Madness). In 2012, I worked as a National Park Service park ranger at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. This experience with data visualization and public history has pushed me to experiment with forms of knowledge dissemination, and I am currently writing a graphic history with illustrator Anderson Carman.

In addition to my academic career, I work as a drummer, recently recording tracks for MTSU students in the Department of Recording Industry and albums with Athens, GA bands The Salt Flats and Polar Waves.

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Publications

"Federal Eyes: How the Union Saw Kentucky's Civil War," Ohio Valley History (Special Guerrilla Issue, in progress)

"Guerrillas in the Archive: Kentucky's Irregular War through the Governor's Eyes," Register of the Kentucky Historical Socety 116, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 209-236

"A Spatial Approach to Civil War Missouri's Domestic Supply Line," in The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War, Barton A. Myers & Brian D. McKnight, eds...

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"Federal Eyes: How the Union Saw Kentucky's Civil War," Ohio Valley History (Special Guerrilla Issue, in progress)

"Guerrillas in the Archive: Kentucky's Irregular War through the Governor's Eyes," Register of the Kentucky Historical Socety 116, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 209-236

"A Spatial Approach to Civil War Missouri's Domestic Supply Line," in The Guerrilla Hunters: Irregular Conflicts during the Civil War, Barton A. Myers & Brian D. McKnight, eds. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017)

"Controlled Chaos: Spatiotemporal Patterns within Missouri's Irregular Civil War," in The Civil War Guerrilla: Unfolding the Black Flag in History, Memory, and Myth, Joseph M. Beilein, Jr. & Matthew C. Hulbert, eds. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015)

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Research / Scholarly Activity

Fugitive Federals - A Digital Humanities Investigation of Escaped Union Prisoners

Of Methods and Madness - A Spatial History Approach to the Civil War's Guerrilla Violence

CSI: Dixie - The View from the American South's County Coroner's Offices, 1800-1900