Louisa Brandt Portrait

Position Title
Graduate Student

1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


  • MA in History: University of Oklahoma
  • BA in History and Art History: University of California, Davis


Louisa Brandt is a PhD student at the University of California, Davis studying the Civil War in California. Her Master’s thesis, “Joining Up with the Union: California’s Place in the Nation and the Meaning of Military Service in the Civil War,” examines how the Golden State’s 16,000 Union volunteers served as a crucial factor in helping define California’s relationship to the rest of the country. At the University of Oklahoma, she was an editorial fellow at the Western Historical Quarterly.

Research Focus

American West, California, identity, nationalism