Professor Ross is a specialist in American Constitutional History, U.S. Nineteenth Century History, and the Civil War Era. His first book, Justice of Shattered Dreams: Samuel Freeman Miller and the Supreme Court During the Civil War Era (LSU, 2003), is a biography of one of the most important justices on the post-bellum Supreme Court. The book won the George Tyler Moore Civil War Center's Seaborg Award for Civil War Non-Fiction and the Association of American Jesuit College and Universities Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award. He has also published articles in American Nineteenth-Century History, Civil War History, Journal of Women's History, Journal of Southern History, and other periodicals. Several of these articles have won prizes including the Southern Historical Association's Fletcher M. Green and Charles Ramsdell Award. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Supreme Court History, the board of directors of the Louisiana Historical Association, and as a historical adviser to the United States Mint.He is currently working on a study of race and justice in New Orleans during Reconstruction that will be published by Oxford University Press.