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Professor; Associate Dean for Honors; Director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
518 Hamilton Hall
Curriculum Vitae


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

Research Interests

James Leloudis’s chief interest is the history of the modern South, with emphases on labor, education, race, and reform. He and Robert Korstad of Duke University are currently working on a history of voting rights and a research and civic engagement project on “The Moral Challenges of Poverty and the Ethics of Service.”

Some Notable Publications

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • 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