Ph.D., American History, University of Virginia, May 1981.
M.A., American History, University of Virginia, May 1979.
B.A., History, Davidson College, May 1976.
Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History, University of Florida, 2004-
Lucy Spinks Keker Excellence Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1999-2004.
Head, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1998-2004.
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1995-1998.
Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1992-2004.
Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1986‑1992.
Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1981‑1986.
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
American Philosophical Society, Research Grant, 1998.
Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 1997, 1998.
Mayflower Cup (for the best non-fiction work by a North Carolina author), for Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1993, and for William Friday: Power, Purpose and American Higher Education, 1995.
William Rand Kenan, Jr., Fund, Research Fellowship, 1992.
UNCG Research Assignment, 1988, 1992, 2000.
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 1990.
American Association for State and Local History, Research Travel Grant, August 1988.
Southern Regional Education Board, Research Travel Grant, 1988 and 1995.
UNCG Research Council grants, 1983‑84, 1984‑85, 1986‑87, 1987‑88.
UNCG Excellence Fund, Summer Grant, 1982, 1989.
Research Fellowship, Rockefeller Archive Center,
North Tarrytown, N.Y., 1980, 1987.
Teaching Fellow, University of Virginia, 1978‑1980.
Davidge Fellow, University of Virginia, 1977‑1979.
Phi Beta Kappa, Davidson College, 1976.
A Hard Country and a Lonely Place: Schooling, Society, and Reform in Rural Virginia, 1870‑1920 . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.
The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880‑1930 . Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1993; paperback edition, 1996.
William Friday: Power, Purpose, and American Higher Education . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995; paperback edition, 1997.
The Rebuilding of Old Commonwealths: Documents in the Social History of the Progressive Era South . Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1996.
The South in the History of the Nation: A Reader . 2 vols. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press, January 1999. (Co-edited with Marjorie Spruill Wheeler).
Jackson Davis and the Lost World of Jim Crow Education , essay/introduction ( Charlottesville: University of Virginia Library, 2000).
Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism. New York: St. Martin's, 2008.
“Making the 'Inarticulate' Speak: A Reassessment of Public Education in the Rural South, 1870‑1920,” Journal of Thought 18 (Fall 1983): 63‑75.
Class and Reform: School and Society in Chicago , by David John Hogan (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985) essay review in History of Education Quarterly (Summer 1987): 282-286.
“Rough Times: Rural Education in Late‑Nineteenth‑Century Virginia,” Virginia Cavalcade 37 (Summer 1987): 16‑27, and ibid. (Fall 1987): 8‑25.
“Privies, Progressivism, and Public Schools: Health Reform and Education in the Rural South, 1909‑1920,” Journal of Southern History 54 (November 1988): 623‑642.
“Growing Up Southern,” essay review of Melton McLaurin, Separate Pasts: Growing Up White in the Segregated South (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1987) and John Herbert Roper, C. Vann Woodward, Southerner (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1987), in History of Education Quarterly 29 (Spring 1989): 115‑21.
“The Social Context of Southern Progressivism, 1880‑1930,” in John Milton Cooper, Jr., and Charles Neu, eds., The Wilson Era (Arlington Heights, Ill: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 1991).
“'The Harvest Is Ripe, But the Laborers Are Few'”: The Hookworm Crusade in North Carolina, 1909‑1915," North Carolina Historical Review 67 (January 1990): 1‑27.
“William Friday and the Speaker Ban Crisis, 1963-1968,” North Carolina Historical Review 72 (April 1995): 198-228.
“What Led to the Republican Resurgence?,” The Raleigh News and Observer (July 6, 1997): 23A.
“The Jordan Hatcher Case: Politics and ‘A Spirit of Insubordination’ in Antebellum Virginia,” Journal of Southern History LXIV ( November 1998 ): 615-648.
"The School That Built a Town: Public Education and the Southern Social Landscape, 1880‑1930,” in Wayne J. Urban, ed., Essays in Twentieth-Century Southern Education: Exceptionalism and its Limits (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1999), pp. 19-42.
“Jackson Davis and the Lost World of Jim Crow Education,” on-line essay/introduction for the Jackson Davis Collection of Educational Photographs, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Summer 2000 (web site: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol/jdavis/resource.html).
3. Book reviews:
Over 50 published book reviews in various historical journals, including the American Historical Review, Journal of American History, and the Journal of Southern History.
- Talks and conference presentations:
Over 40 talks and presentations in a variety of settings.
Elected member, Historical Society of North Carolina, 1988- .
Member of American Historical Association, Southern Historical Association, History of Education Society, Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Professional Offices :
Co-chair and co-organizer, Southern Historians of the Piedmont (SHOPtalk) seminar series, sponsored by the UNCG and Wake Forest History departments.
Member, Mayflower Cup Prize Committee, 1998.
Member, Program Committee, Southern Historical Association, 1996-1997.
Program Committee, Historical Society of North Carolina, 1991-1992; Chair, 1995-1996
Nominating Committee, Historical Society of North Carolina, 1997-98; 1998-99 (chair), 2002-3, 2003-4 (chair).
Nominating Committee, Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1994-1997; chair, 1996-97.
Editorial/advisory responsibilities :
Executive Committee, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 2002-4.
Board of Governors, University of North Carolina Press, 2001-2004
Trustee, Kellenberger Historical Foundation, 2001-2004
Board of Trustees, Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum, Staunton, Virginia, 1999-2002.
Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of North Carolina Biography, 1999-2002.
Editorial Board, History of Education Quarterly, 1994-1996.
Editorial Board, North Carolina Historical Review, 1996-2001.
Referee for following journals: Civil War History, Journal of Southern History, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Georgia Historical Quarterly.
Referee for National Endowment for the Humanities, 1996, 1998, 1999.
Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1999.
Referee for following presses: UNC Press, University of Georgia Press, University of Kentucky Press, Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, Houghton Mifflin Press, Oxford University Press, University of Alabama Press, Harlan Davidson, Inc., Louisiana State University Press.
Outside referee for tenure and promotion review:
Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara; Department of History, Louisiana State University; Department of History, Rutgers University; Department of History, Tulane University, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic and State University.