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Julie L. Holcomb

Professor of Museum Studies, Baylor University

Dr. Julie Holcomb is professor of Museum Studies. She has taught at Baylor since 2008, before which she was director of the Pearce Civil War and Western Art Museums at Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas. Additionally, she has several years’ experience working in public, school, and academic libraries.

In addition to issues related to museum, archival, and library collections, Dr. Holcomb’s research interests include Quakers, abolition, and the Civil War. She is the author of Exploring the American Civil War through 50 Historic Treasures (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021), Moral Commerce: Quakers and the Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy (Cornell University Press, 2016) and Southern Sons, Northern Soldiers: The Civil War Letters of the Remley Brothers, 22nd Iowa Infantry (Northern Illinois University Press, 2004). Dr. Holcomb has had articles published in the academic journals, Slavery & Abolition and Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, and in the edited collections, Currents in Transatlantic History: Encounters, Commodities, Identities (Texas A & M University Press, 2017) and Quakers and Their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808 (Routledge, 2015).

Dr. Holcomb is working on a biography of Quaker reformer and free produce activist George W. Taylor. She has held faculty research fellowships at Haverford College and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Emancipation.

In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Holcomb serves as the editor of Quaker History, a scholarly publication of the Friends Historical Association. She is active in the Pennsylvania Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Museum Studies, Baylor University


  • 2010 
    University of Texas at Arlington, Ph.D., Transatlantic History