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Professor; Peter T. Grauer Associate Dean for Honors Carolina; Director, James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
225 Graham Memorial Hall
Office Hours: T 3:30-5:00 pm and W 12:30-2:00pm
Curriculum Vitae


MA Northwestern University, 1979
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989

Research Interests

Professor Leloudis’ research and teaching focus on the social and political history of the modern South, with particular interests in labor, education, poverty, and voting rights. Together with Patricia Parker (Ruel W. Tyson Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities), he co-chairs UNC’s Commission on History, Race, and A Way Forward. Professor Leloudis has also served as an expert witness in a number of recent voting rights cases tried in state and federal courts.

Some Notable Publications

  • Fragile Democracy: The Struggle Over Race and Voting Rights in North Carolina with Robert Korstad (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).
  • To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Injustice in 1960s America, with Robert Korstad (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Recipient of the North Caroliniana Society Book Award.
  • North Carolina (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2003).
  • Schooling the New South: Pedagogy, Self, and Society in North Carolina, 1880–1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 1996). Recipient of the Mayflower Cup for Non-Fiction, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.
  • Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World, with Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Robert Korstad, Mary Murphy, Lu Ann Jones, and Christopher B. Daly (University of North Carolina Press, 1987 and 2000; W. W. Norton, 1989). Recipient of the Albert J. Beveridge Award, American Historical Association; Merle Curti Social History Award, Organization of American Historians; and Philip Taft Labor History Award, Cornell University.

Graduate Students

  • This faculty member is accepting applicants for the 2023-2024 cycle
  • Elizabeth Lundeen, "Brick and Mortar: Historically Black Colleges and the Struggle for Equality, 1930-1960," Ph.D. dissertation, 2018.
  • Evan Faulkenbury, "Poll Power: The Voter Education Project and the Financing of the Civil Rights Movement, 1961-1992," Ph.D. dissertation, 2016. Published as Poll Power: The Voter Education Project and the Movement for the Ballot in the American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2019).
  • Brandon K. Winford, "'The Battle for Freedom Begins Every Morning': John Hervey Wheeler, Civil Rights, and New South Prosperity," Ph.D. dissertation, 2014. Published as John Hervey Wheeler: Black Banking and the Economic Struggle for Civil Rights (University Press of Kentucky, 2020). Recipient of the Lillian Smith Award, 2020.
  • Willie J. Griffin, "Courier of Crisis, Messenger of Hope: Trezzvant W. Anderson and the Black Freedom Struggle for Economic Justice," Ph.D. dissertation, 2016. Forthcoming, Vanderbilt University Press, 2023.
  • Jacob M. Taylor(Co-advised with W. Fitzhugh Brundage)
    • Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

      For current information about course offerings, click here.

      • HIST 366—North Carolina History Before 1865
      • HIST 367—North Carolina History Since 1865
      • HIST 587—The South Since Reconstruction
      • HIST 841—Readings in the South Since Reconstruction
      • HNRS 353—Slavery and the University