Ginger S. Frost
Research Professor of History
Academic Affairs
220B Brooks Hall
Dr. Ginger Frost is Research Professor of History. Originally from Sherman, Texas, she received her B.A. in History from Texas Woman's University in 1983, her M.A. in History from Louisiana State University in 1986, and her Ph.D. in History from Rice University in 1991. Before coming to Samford, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Wesleyan College (1991-93); and Judson College in Elgin, Illinois (1994-96). She came to Samford in 1996 as an Assistant Professor of History, rising to Full Professor in 2006. Her areas of teaching interest include British history (1485-present), Reformation Europe, Modern Europe, and European Family History.  She was named Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher in 2008, and won the Dean's Award for Research in 2012. During her seventeen years at Samford, Frost has served on many committees, including seven search committees, both the college and university curriculum committees, and the university writing committee. She directed the University Honors Program from 1998 to 2007.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Texas Woman's University
  • M.A., Louisiana State University
  • Ph.D., Rice University


  • Britain
  • Modern Europe
  • Women's Studies

Awards and Honors

  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2009-2010
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer ResearchStipend, 2009
  • Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Outstanding Teacher, 2008
  • Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2002-03
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Stipend, 2000
  • Faculty Development Grant, Samford University, 1998, 2000,2005, 2009
  • Finalist, Charles E. Smith Award for the Best Book onEuropean History by a Southern  Press, 1994-95, Southern Historical Association, 1996
  • John W. Gardner Award for the Best Dissertation inHumanities and Social Sciences, Rice University, 1991
  • Clifford Lefton Lawrence Award in British History, RiceUniversity, 1991
  • North American Conference of British Studies DissertationYear Fellowship, 1989-90
  • Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughan Fellowship, 1989-90
  • History Department Fellowship, Rice University, 1987-91
  • Rice Presidential Recognition Award, Rice University,1987-1988
  • Alumni Federation Graduate Fellowship, Louisiana State University, 1984-1987


  • “‘Revolting to Humanity’: Oversights, Limitations, and Complications of the Legitimacy Act of 1926,” Women’s History Review 20 (Spring 2011), 31-46.
  • “‘Love is Always Free’:Anarchism, Free Unions, and Utopianism in Edwardian England,” Anarchist Studies17 (Spring 2009), 73-94
  • “‘I Am Master Here’: Illegitimacy, Masculinity and Violencein Victorian England,” in Lucy Delap, Ben Griffin, and Abigail Wills, eds.,Politics of Domestic Authority in Britain Since 1800 (Basingstoke: Palgrave,2009), 27-42.
  • Victorian Childhoods, Victorian Life and Times Series, Sally Mitchell, Editor (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009).
  • Living in Sin: Cohabiting as Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-Century England (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008).
  • “‘He Could Not Hold His Passions’: Domestic Violence andCohabitation in England, 1850-1900,” Crime, History & Societies 12 (2008),25-44.
  • “Cohabitation,” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Love,Courtship, and Sexuality Through History: Vol. 5, The Nineteenth Century, SusanMumm, editor (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008), 57-59.
  • “Motherhood on Trial: Violence and Unwed Mothers inVictorian England,” in Claudia Klaver and Ellen Rosenman, eds., Other Mothers:Beyond the Maternal Ideal (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2008),145-62.
  • “‘She is But a Woman’: Kitty Byron and the English Edwardian Criminal Justice System,” Gender and History 16 (November 2004), 538-60.
  • “‘The Black Lamb of the Black Sheep’: Illegitimacy in the English Working Class, 1850-1939,” Journal of Social History 37 (Winter 2003),293-322.
  • “A Shock to Marriage? The Clitheroe Case and theVictorians,” in George Robb and Nancy Erber, eds., Disorder in the Court (NewYork: New York University Press, 1999), 100-118.
  • “Bigamy and Cohabitation in Victorian England,” Journal of Family History 22 (July 1997),286-306.
  • Promises Broken: Courtship, Class, and Gender in Victorian England(Charlottesville, Virginia: University Press of Virginia, 1995).
  • “‘I Shall NotSit Down and Crie’: Feminism, Class and Breach of Promise Plaintiffs inEngland, 1850-1900,” Gender and History 6 (August 1994), 224-45.
  • “‘Through the Medium of the Passions’: CohabitationContracts in England, 1750-1850,” Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Consortium onRevolutionary Europe (1994), 181-89.


  • Editorial Board, Journal of Victorian Culture, 2011-
  • Editorial Board, Victorian Institute Journal, 2010-
  • Panelist, NEH Grant Committee, Modern European History, 2002
  • American Historical Association, 1990-
  • Southern Historical Association (European History Section),1990-
  • Southern Conference of British Studies, 1990-
  • North American Conference on British Studies, 1995-
  • Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, 1992-
  • Mortar Board Honor and Service Society, 1983-
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1983-
  • Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society,1982-