Midori Kawaue studies the ties between religion, philosophy, and the natural sciences in the U.S. in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her first book is James Riley Weaver’s Civil War (Kent State University Press, 2019). From 2014-2018, she co-edited a Civil War POW diary written by James Riley Weaver, a Union officer, and did extensive research on Civil War Prisons. She utilized Geographic Information Services (GIS) to create an interactive map for this transcription project.
Midori graduated summa cum laude from DePauw University (‘2017) where she studied History, Geology, and French. In 2016, she was awarded the Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship and researched New England naturalists and their Enlightenment belief in science. As a continuation of this project, Midori is currently writing a paper that examines the relationship between Edward Hitchcock, a renowned geologist in Amherst, and Epaphras Hoyt, an enlightenment scientist. In 2017, she was awarded the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award for her work in U.S. history.