Professor Silber specializes in the history of the United States between the mid-19th century and the early 20th century, including the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Her scholarship focuses mainly on cultural and women’s history, but the courses she teaches–on the Civil War era, the Gilded Age, and the American South–also examine society and politics in these periods. She is the author of numerous publications, including The Romance of Reunion: Northerners and the South, 1865-1900 (1993), which is an examination of Northerners’ changing cultural attitudes towards the South after the Civil War, and Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War (2005). She also co-edited Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992), Yankee Correspondence: Civil War Letters Between New England Soldiers and the Homefront (1996), and Battle Scars: Gender and Sexuality in the US Civil War (2006). She has also consulted on a number of Civil War and women’s history video projects and museum exhibits as well as served as Director of Women’s Studies at Boston University.