Derek Maxfield


Derek Maxfield is an associate professor of history at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. In 2019 he was honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2013 he was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. His research interests include Victorian death ways and 19th century politics and culture. Maxfield has written for Emerging Civil War since 2015.

Maxfield lives near Rochester, NY, with his wife Jess, four cats, a basset hound, a tortoise, and a python. He hopes to soon acquire a Bengal tiger cub (subject to his wife’s approval).


Derek D. Maxfield, Man of Fire: William Tecumseh Sherman in the Civil War (El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, forthcoming).

Derek D. Maxfield, Hellmira: The Union’s Most Infamous Civil War Prison Camp – Elmira, NY. (El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2020).

“Jackson’s Foreign Policy.” Andrew Jackson. Richard E. Ellis, ed.. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2003.

“John Adams, Republican Revolutionary.” Parnassus 7 (1997): 76-91.