Department of History

Peter Wallenstein, Professor (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1973)
402 Major Williams Hal, 220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8376

Areas of Specialization: U.S. South, Virginia, civil rights, higher education

Current Research: (1) Mr. And Mrs. Loving: The Community, the Couple, the Case; (2) The Civil Rights Struggle in Virginia; (3) Race and Power—from the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement.

Recent Publications:
Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia History. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007. 2nd edition, in paperback, projected for 2014.

“Race, Law, and Southern Public Higher Education, 1860s–1960s.” In Signposts: New Directions in Southern Legal History, ed. Sally E. Hadden and Patricia H. Minter, 369–92. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013.

“Pioneer Black Legislators from Kentucky, 1860s–1960s.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 110 (Summer/Autumn 2012): 533–57.

• “Identity, Marriage, and Schools: Life along the Color Line/s in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson.” In The Folly of Jim Crow: Rethinking the Segregated South, ed. Stephanie Cole and Natalie Ring, 17–53. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012.

• “Did Homer Plessy Die a White Man? Race and Southern History—The State of the Field.” Georgia Historical Quarterly, 94:1 (Spring 2010): 62–96.

Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement:  White Supremacy, Black Southerners, and College Campuses.  Gainesville:  University Press of Florida, 2008; paperback 2009.  Edited collection of essays.