Ginger Frost, originally from Texas, received her B.A. degree in History from Texas Woman’s University, her M.A. degree in History from Louisiana State University and her Ph.D. in History from Rice University. Prior to joining Samford's faculty in 1996, Frost instructed at Rice University and taught at Wesleyan College, Judson College and Northern Illinois University.
Frost specializes in modern British social and family history and has published 3 books, most recently Strangers in Blood: Illegitimacy in England, 1860-1939.
In 2009, Frost was accepted as a member at the prestigious Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, N.J. The fellowship enabled her tospend a sabbatical year at the Institute.
Frost says what she enjoys most about Samford is the opportunity to teach smaller classes with real intellectual content. Outside the classroom, she enjoys puzzles of all kinds.
Awards and Honors
- Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2009-2010
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer ResearchStipend, 2009
- Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Teacher,2008
- Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2002-03
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer ResearchStipend, 2000
- Faculty Development Grant, Samford University, 1998, 2000,2005, 2009
- Finalist, Charles E. Smith Award for the Best Book onEuropean History by a Southern Press, 1994-95, Southern Historical Association, 1996
- John W. Gardner Award for the Best Dissertation inHumanities and Social Sciences, Rice University, 1991
- Clifford Lefton Lawrence Award in British History, RiceUniversity, 1991
- North American Conference of British Studies DissertationYear Fellowship, 1989-90
- Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughan Fellowship, 1989-90
- History Department Fellowship, Rice University, 1987-91
- Rice Presidential Recognition Award, Rice University,1987-1988
- AlumniFederation Graduate Fellowship, Louisiana State University, 1984-1987
- “‘Revolting to Humanity’: Oversights, Limitations, andComplications of the Legitimacy Act of 1926,” Women’s History Review 20 (Spring2011), 31-46.
- “‘Love is Always Free’:Anarchism, Free Unions, and Utopianism in Edwardian England,” Anarchist Studies17 (Spring 2009), 73-94
- “‘I Am Master Here’: Illegitimacy, Masculinity and Violencein Victorian England,” in Lucy Delap, Ben Griffin, and Abigail Wills, eds.,Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain Since 1800 (Basingstoke: Palgrave,2009), 27-42.
- Victorian Childhoods, Victorian Life and Times Series, SallyMitchell, Editor (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009).
- Living in Sin: Cohabiting as Husband and Wife inNineteenth-Century England (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008).
- “‘He Could Not Hold His Passions’: Domestic Violence andCohabitation in England, 1850-1900,” Crime, History & Societies 12 (2008),25-44.
- “Cohabitation,” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love,Courtship, and Sexuality Through History: Vol. 5, The Nineteenth Century, SusanMumm, editor (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008), 57-59.
- “Motherhood on Trial: Violence and Unwed Mothers inVictorian England,” in Claudia Klaver and Ellen Rosenman, eds., Other Mothers:Beyond the Maternal Ideal (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2008),145-62.
- “‘She is But a Woman’: Kitty Byron and the English EdwardianCriminal Justice System,” Gender and History 16 (November 2004), 538-60.
- “‘The Black Lamb of the Black Sheep’: Illegitimacy in theEnglish Working Class, 1850-1939,” Journal of Social History 37 (Winter 2003),293-322.
- “A Shock to Marriage? The Clitheroe Case and theVictorians,” in George Robb and Nancy Erber, eds., Disorder in the Court (NewYork: New York University Press, 1999), 100-118.
- “Bigamy andCohabitation in Victorian England,” Journal of Family History 22 (July 1997),286-306.
- Promises Broken: Courtship, Class, and Gender in Victorian England(Charlottesville, Virginia: University Press of Virginia, 1995).
- “‘I Shall NotSit Down and Crie’: Feminism, Class and Breach of Promise Plaintiffs inEngland, 1850-1900,” Gender and History 6 (August 1994), 224-45.
- “‘Through the Medium of the Passions’: CohabitationContracts in England, 1750-1850,” Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Consortium onRevolutionary Europe (1994), 181-89.
Membership in Professional Societies
- Editorial Board, Journal of Victorian Culture, 2011-
- Editorial Board, Victorian Institute Journal, 2010-
- Panelist, NEH Grant Committee, Modern European History, 2002
- American Historical Association, 1990-
- Southern Historical Association (European History Section),1990-
Southern Conference of British Studies, 1990-
Immediate Past President, 2004-05 / President, 2002-03 / Vice-President and Program Chair, 2001-2002 / Executive Committee, 1997-2000
North American Conference on British Studies, 1995-
Nominations Committee, 2003-5 / Dissertation Prize Committee, 2001-03 (Chair, 2002) / ProgramCommittee, 2001-02
- Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, 1992-
- Mortar Board Honor and Service Society, 1983-
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1983-
- Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society,1982-