Department of History

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

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

Current Research: (1) The Civil Rights Struggle in Virginia; (2) Race and Power from the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement.

Recent Publications:
“Brown v. Board of Education and Segregated Universities: From Kluger to Klarman—Toward Creating a Literature on Federal Courts and Undergraduate Admissions.” Virginia Social Science Journal 50 (2015).

Cradle of America: A History of Virginia. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2014. 2nd edition, in paperback.

Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry: Loving v. Virginia. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 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.