Christa Dierksheide

Christa Dierksheide

Brockman Foundation Jefferson Scholars Foundation Distinguished Professor
B.A. University of Virginia (2002)
M.A. Grad (2003)
Ph.D. Grad (2009)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Christa Dierksheide has emerged at UVA as a formidable voice on the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Era, and race and slavery. In addition to her teaching load, research, and collaborations across Grounds, she serves as the inaugural director of the Foundation’s new Center for the Study of the Age of Jefferson, where she takes an innovative approach to training the next generation of Early Americanists, giving doctoral and postdoctoral students opportunities to expand their expertise in a wide variety of methodologies, including digital history, material culture, and public history. She also offers manuscript workshops and an opportunity to co-teach a course with her.