Elizabeth Cobbs

Melbern G. Glasscock Professor of History, Texas A &M University

Defender of the Nation: Harriet Tubman and the Civil War




Elizabeth Cobbs is a prize-winning historian, novelist, and documentary filmmaker. She is the author of eight books, including The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers from Harvard University Press and the New York Times’ bestseller, The Hamilton Affair. Her most recent book is The Tubman Command, a novel on the Civil War military service of Harriet Tubman.

Cobbs has won four literary prizes and four film prizes, and written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Jerusalem Times, San Jose Mercury, Los Angeles Times, and Reuters. She previously served on the State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and jury for the Pulitzer Prize.

Cobbs holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M and is a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. She received her Ph.D. in history at Stanford.