CLASS College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Youngstown State University
Dr. L. Diane Barnes  

Dr. Diane Barnes

L. Diane Barnes Associate Professor
Department of History
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555
dbarnes AT ysu DOT edu
(330) 941-1602


2000 West Virginia University, Morgantown WV Doctor of Philosophy

1995 West Virginia University, Morgantown WV Master of Arts in History

1987 Fairmont State College, Fairmont WV Bachelor of Science

Professional Positions

August 2002 - present Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, Associate Professor

(Aug. 2002-May 2006 Assistant Professor)

August, 2001 - May 2002 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Visiting Assistant Professor

August, 1996 - May, 2000 West Virginia University, Morgantown WV, Instructor

1995 - 1996 Fairmont State College, Fairmont WV, Instructor

Editing Positions and Experience

August, 1997 - Present Frederick Douglass Papers, Indianapolis, IN, Associate Editor

Current focus is scholarly edition of Life & Times of Frederick Douglass

2007 - Present - Ohio University Press, Athens, OH, Series Co-editor

Co-edit book series on Law, Politics, and Society in the Midwest with Paul Finkelman

2007 Oxford University Press, New York, NY,  Subject Editor, African American

National Biography

2000 - 2001 Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Charlottesville, VA,

Assistant Editor

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications


--Artisan Workers in the Upper South: Petersburg, Virginia, 1820-1865 (Baton Rouge:

Louisiana State University Press, March 2008).

—Co-editor (with John R. McKivigan), The Frederick Douglass Papers, Series III: Correspondence, Volume 1, 1842-1852 (New Haven: Yale University Press 2008).

—Co-editor (with Paul Finkelman), The Encyclopedia of African American History: From the Colonial Period through the Age of Frederick Douglass, 1619-1895 (3 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006).

—Assistant Editor, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series, Volume 1 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004).

—Associate Editor, The Frederick Douglass Papers, Series Two: Autobiographical Writings, Volume 2: My Bondage and My Freedom (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003).

Book Chapters & Articles


— "Fraternity and Masculine Identity: The Search for Respectability among White and Black Artisans in Petersburg, Virginia," in Lorri Glover and Craig Friend, eds., Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South (Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 2004).

— “Building Communities Out of Frontiers: The Grist Mills of Harrison County, West Virginia, 1784-1860,” Journal of Appalachian Studies 7 (Fall 2001).

— “Southern Artisans, Organization, and the Rise of a Market Economy in Antebellum Petersburg,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 107 (Spring 1999).

— “Urban Rivalry in the Upper Ohio Valley: Wheeling and Pittsburgh in the Nineteenth Century,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 123 (July 1999).

— “Booster Ethos: Community, Image, and Profit in Early Clarksburg,” West Virginia History 56 (1997).

Awards and Fellowships

—Editorial Board, Ohio History, 2006-present

—Editorial Board, Ohio History Central

—Major Grant Reviewer, Teaching American History program, U.S. Dept. of Education, 2007-2008

—Faculty Improvement Leave, YSU, Fall 2006—Research Professorship, YSU, 2004-2005   

—Research Professorship, YSU, 2003-2004

—Canaga Award for Outstanding PhD in U.S. History, 2001

Virginia Magazine of History and Biography C. Coleman McGehee award for the best article, 2000  

—National Phi Alpha Theta Doctoral Scholarship Award, 1999

—Betty Sams Christian Fellowship in Business History, Virginia Historical Society, 1999

—Mellon Fellow in Business History, Virginia Historical Society, 1998

Courses Taught

Turning Points in US History I & II

Age of Jefferson and Jackson

Age of Sectionalism

History of Ohio

Historical Editing

Graduate Readings and Research Seminars

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