Gudmestad specializes in the history of the American South, particularly the Civil War, steamboats and American slavery, as well as American sports history.
Gudmestad is the author of two books: “A Troublesome Commerce: The Transformation of the Interstate Slave Trade” and “Steamboats and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom.”
Gudmestad earned his B.A. from North Dakota State University, his M.A. from the University of Richmond, and his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.