Sharon Roger Hepburn Named Dalton Eminent Scholar

Sharon A. Roger Hepburn

Professor Sharon A. Roger Hepburn, chair of the Department of History, has been named a Dalton Eminent Scholar by Radford University.  This award is made to faculty members who have distingushed themselves in the scholarship of their field and supports their continued research. Dr. Roger Hepburn has taught African American history at Radford since 1995, and has made significant contributions to her area of study. Her first book, Crossing the Border: A Free Black Community in Canada, won the Albert B. Corey Prize from the American Historical Association and the Canadian Historical Association for the best book on Canadian-American relations, or on the history of both countries. She has a forthcoming work for New Perspectives on the Civil War Era, a series published by the University of Georgia Press. Private No More: The Civil War Letters of John Lovejoy Murray offers a collection of letters from an African-American in the Union Army. This volume promises a significant contribution, as it is rare to find a complete collection of letters from an African-American soldier in the Civil War.

Dr. Roger Hepburn is presently researching the 102nd United States Colored Infantry, a regiment from Michigan, and is tracing the lives of its members during the Civil War and throughout the years following the war as they navigated the economic, political, and cultural landscape of late 19th century America. The Dalton Award will support her work on the 102nd, as will a sabbatical during Spring 2022.

The Dalton Eminent Scholars Fund honors United States District Judge Ted Dalton and former Governor of Virginia John Dalton.


Apr 29, 2022
Matthew Oyos