Victoria W. Wolcott
Department of History 98 Monroe Drive
University at Buffalo, SUNY Williamsville, N.Y. 14221
Buffalo, New York 14260 (716) 633-9465
Ph.D. University of Michigan, Department of History, October 1995
Dissertation: "Remaking Respectability: African-American Women and the Politics of Identity in Inter-War Detroit"
B.A. New York University, 1989, magna cum laude
My current research examines the emergence of experimental interracial communities in mid-twentieth century America and their influence on the long civil rights movement. I am also researching the life of an African American pacifist and civil rights activist, Eroseanna Robinson.
Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle Over Segregated Recreation in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)
Remaking Respectability: African-American Women in Interwar Detroit (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001)
Articles and Chapters
“Socializing the City,” in Joseph Heathcott, ed., Companion to American Urbanism (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
"Recreation and Race in the Postwar City: Buffalo's 1956 Crystal Beach Riot," Journal of American History (June 2006): 63-90.
"Gendered Perspectives on Detroit History." Michigan Historical Review (Spring 2001): 75-91.
"Defending the Home: Ossian Sweet and the Struggle Against Segregation in 1920s Detroit," in American Stories: Collected Scholarship on Minority History from the OAH Magazine of History (Bloomington: Organization of American Historians, 1998).
"The Culture of the Informal Economy: Numbers Runners in Inter-War Black Detroit," The Radical History Review (Fall 1997): 46-75.
"'Bible, Bath, and Broom': Nannie Helen Burroughs, the National Training School, and the Uplift of the Race," Journal of Women's History (Spring 1997): 88-110.
"Mediums, Messages, and Lucky Numbers: African-American Female Spiritualists and Numbers Runners in Inter-War Detroit," in The Geography of Identity, edited by Patricia Yeager (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996), 273-306.
"Defending the Home: Ossian Sweet and the Struggle Against Segregation in 1920s Detroit,” Magazine of History 7 (Summer 1993): 23-27.
“Behind the Second Veil,” Review of Leslie Brown, Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender, Class, and Black Community Development in the Jim Crow South, for Reviews in American History 37, 2 (June 2009): 243-48.
“The Fragmenting of the Solid South,” Review of Charles E. Connerly, The Most Segregated City in America, Kevin M. Kruse, White Flight, and Matthew D. Lassiter, The Silent Majority, for Journal of Planning History 7, 1 (February 2008): 80-88.
"Towards a National Narrative of Civil Rights," Review of Peter B. Levy, Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland, Robert O. Self, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland, and John A. Kirk, Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970, for Journal of Ethnic History (Fall 2005).
“’Nordics’ and ‘Negroes,’” Review of Matthew Pratt Guterl, The Color of Race in America: 1900-1940, for Reviews in American History 30, 3 (September 2002): 433-38.
Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries
Review of Wanda A. Hendricks, Fannie Barrier Williams: Crossing the Borders of Region and Race, for the Journal of American History, 101, 4 (2015), 1299-1300.
Review of Ronald J. Stephens, Idlewild: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town, for American Historical Review, 119, 5 (2014), 1711-1712.
Review of Benjamin Houston, The Nashville Way: Racial Etiquette and the Struggle for Social Justice in a Southern City, for American Historical Review, 118, 3 (June 2013), 884-85.
Review of Lisa Levenstein, A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia, for American Historical Review, 116, 2 (April 2011): 480-81.
Review of Shane White, Stephen Garton, Stephen Robertson and Graham White, Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars, for Left History, 14, 1 (Fall/Winter 2010-11).
“Juanita Morrow Nelson,” African American National Biography, (Oxford University Press).
“Wallace Nelson,” African American National Biography, (Oxford University Press).
Review of Susan Sessions Rugh, Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations, for American Journal of Play (Fall 2009): 221-23.
Review of Jeff Wiltse, Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America, for American Historical Review (February 2008): 214-15.
Review of Felicia Kornbluh, The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America, in Women and Social Movements in the United States 2, 4 (December 2007), http://womhist.alexanderstreet.com/welfarerights.htm.
Review of Carol Faulkner, Women’s Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen’s Aid Movement, for Afro-Americans in New York Life and History 31, 1 (January 2007): 113-115.
Review of Amy Maria Kenyon, Dreaming Suburbia: Detroit and the Production of Postwar Space and Culture, for American Historical Review (December 2006): 1548.
Review of Michele Mitchell, Righteous Propagation: African Americans and the Politics of Racial Destiny After Reconstruction, for Journal of American History (March 2006): 1453-54.
Review of Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age (2004), for Social History (Fall 2005).
Review of Kimberley L. Phillips, AlabamaNorth: African-American Migrants, Community, and Working-Class Activism in Cleveland, 1915-45, for H-NET Urban History Discussion List, May 2001.
Review of Katherine G. Aiken, Harnessing the Power of Motherhood: The National Florence Crittenton Mission, 1883-1925, for Journal of Southern History 66, No. 3 (August 2000): 660-661.
Review of Kevin Boyle and Victoria Getis, Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons: Images of Working-Class Detroit, 1900-1930, for H-NET Urban History Discussion List, June 1999.
"Selma Hunter Borchardt,” American National Biography, edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).
"Lizzie Pitts Merrill Palmer,” American National Biography, edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).
Review of June Manning Thomas, Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit, for Cithara: Essays in the Judaeo-Christian Tradition 38, 1 (November 1998): 69-70.
Review of Tera W. Hunter, To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War, for H-NET Urban History Discussion List, November 1997.
Review of Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, Abiding Courage: African American Migrant Women and the East Bay Community, for H-NET Urban History Discussion List, December 1996.
"'We Win Battles By Social Action, Education Will Win Social War': The American Teachers Association and Black Women Educators," Black Women in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia (New York: Carlson Publishing, 1993), 26-28. Co-author with Earl Lewis.
"The National Training School for Women and Girls," Black Women in the United States: An Historical Encyclopedia (New York: Carlson Publishing, 1993), 868-869.
“Voting with Their Feet: The Struggle Over Segregated Recreation,” VRA@50: A Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Utica College, November 14, 2015
Keynote Address, “Dangerous Play: Racial Conflict in Twentieth-Century Urban Amusements,” The Cultures and Politics of Leisure in the British Isles and the United States” conference, Organized by the Research Group Histoire et Dynamique des Espaces Anglophones, Université Sorbonne, Paris, France, November 6-7, 2015
“Dangerous Play: Racial Conflict in Twentieth-Century Urban Amusements,” OAH Distinguished Speaker Lecture, Higgins School of the Humanites, Clark University, February 24, 2015
“Recreation Riots and Racial Liberalism in the Postwar American City,” York University, November 13, 2014
“Race, Riots and Roller Coasters: The Struggle Over Segregated Recreation in America,” Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, Columbia University, March 12, 2013
“Radical Nonviolence, Interracial Utopias, and the Long Civil Rights Movement,” New Faculty Seminar, Humanities Institute, University at Buffalo, March 5, 2013
“Anatomy of a Hunger Strike: Eroseanna Robinson and Radical Nonviolence,” Feminist Research Alliance, University at Buffalo, September 25, 2012
"Militant Maternalism: Women's Struggles for Desegregation in the 1950s," Smith College Address, April 13, 2011
Keynote Lecture for “Reconsidering the City: A Conference on Urban History,” SUNY Fredonia, April 23-24, 2010
“Recreation Riots and Racial Liberalism in the Postwar American City,” Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, SUNY College at Brockport, March 31, 2009
“Militant Maternalism: Women's Struggles for Desegregation in the 1950s," Keynote address for Upstate New York Women’s History Organization Meeting, May 23, 2008
Buffalo Seminar on Racial Justice, “Racial Integration in Public Amusements,” Buffalo, New York, September 14, 2006
“Northern Freedom Struggles: New Directions in Civil Rights,” University of Rochester, October 21, 2005
"Recreation and Race in the Postwar City," University of the West Indies, Bridgetown, Barbados, April 15, 2005
“The Post-War city: Suburbs, Sprawl and Segregation,” Strong Museum AP History Conference, March 24-28, 2003
“A Community Transformed: African-American Women and Detroit’s Great Migration,” The Institute for Detroit Studies at Marygrove College, October 10, 2002
“Manly Myths: Black and Soviet Female Track Stars,” for the Gender Institute Symposium, “Wonder Woman and Super Men,” University at Buffalo, September 25, 2015
Roundtable, “Historical Anniversaries,” Milton Plesur Graduate History Conference, University at Buffalo, March 7, 2015
“The Delta Cooperative Farm and the Utopian Strain in the Long Civil Rights Movement,” Communal Studies Conference, “Capitalism & Socialism: Utopia, Globalization, and Revolution,” November 6-8, 2014
“The Resistant Body: Female Hunger Strikers in the Twentieth Century,” Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Toronto, Canada, May 22-25, 2014
“An Uptown Utopia: Radical Interracialism and the Harlem Ashram,” Urban History Association Conference, New York, New York, October 26, 2012
“Representing Female Voices from the Margins,” Seneca Falls Dialogues, Seneca Falls, New York, October 20, 2012
“Eroseanna Robinson: The Long Civil Rights Movement and Interracial Pacifism in Postwar America,” Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Amherst, Massachusetts, June 9-12, 2011
“Recreation Riots and the Struggle for Chicago’s Beaches,” Urban History Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 21-23, 2010
“Shock Cities and Urban Nostalgia: Whitewashing the History of Recreation,” Urban History Association Conference, Houston, Texas, November 5-8, 2008
“Violent Boundaries: Recreation Riots and Race in Post-WWII American Cities,” The Urban History Group’s 2008 Annual Conference, Nottingham, England
“Swimming Pools and Racial Conflict in Postwar America,” Society for American City Regional and Planning History Conference, Portland, Maine, October 25-28, 2007
“Moving the Movement North: A Roundtable on the Northern Freedom Struggle”
The Third Biennial Urban History Conference, Tempe, Arizona, October 19, 2006
"Integrated Leisure in Segregated Cities: Amusement Parks and Racial Conflict in the Post-War North," Urban History Association Conference, October 7-9 2004
“Recreation and Race in the Post-War City: Buffalo’s 1956 Crystal Beach Riot,” Organization of American Historians Conference, March 26-28 2004
"Integrated Amusements and Racial Strife: Buffalo's 1956 Canadiana Riot," Diaspora Paradigms: New Scholarship in African and African-American History Conference, September 20-23, 2001
"The Bridge of Black Women's History: Building New Models of Urban History," Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, June 4-6, 1999
"Race and Reform in New Deal Detroit," American Historical Association Conference, January 7-10, 1999
“‘For a More Prosperous Day’: Economic Self-Help, African-American Women, and the Detroit Housewives' League, 1930-1941,” Organization of American Historians Conference, March 30-April 2, 1995
"Buffet Flats and Blind Tigers: African-American Female Leisure Workers and 'Vice' in Inter-War Detroit," American Historical Association Conference, January 5-8, 1995
“‘For a More Prosperous Day’: Economic Self-Help, African-American Women, and the Detroit Housewives' League, 1930-1941,” Social Science History Association Conference, October 13-16, 1994
"Delusions of Alliance: Historical and Ethnographic Studies of African-American Women," Social Science History Association Conference, November 5-8, 1992
"'Bible, Bath, and Broom': The National Training School and the Construction of African-American Female Identities," Social Science History Association Conference, October 31- November 3, 1991
"'Though Hands Are Hard Yet Hearts Are Gentle Still': The Structure of Gender in Victorian England," Eighth Annual National Graduate Women's Studies Conference, March 8-10, 1991
"The Making of the Modern Maid: The Construction of an African-American Working Class in Inter-War Detroit," Center for Afroamerican and African Studies Conference, February 2-4, 1991
Quoted in Steve Orr, “At Ontario Beach, A Carousel with Suspect History, Democrat and Chronicle, July 16, 2015
Op Ed, “Why the Shocking Video of the Police Attack on Black Kids at a Pool Shouldn’t Shock Us,” for History News Network, http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159633, June 9, 2015
Blog Post, “Disciplining Black Bodies: Racial Stereotypes of Cleanliness and Sexuality,” for “Notches: (Re)marks on the History of Sexuality,” http://notchesblog.com/2015/06/08/disciplining-black-bodies-racial-stereotypes-of-cleanliness-and-sexuality/, June 8, 2015
Organization of American Historians Media Relations Initiative, Experts Guide: History of U.S. Race Relations, March 2015-Present
“#Blacklivesmatter: Historical Perspectives,” Symposium, University at Buffalo, February 18, 2015
“The Great Migration and the Hope of a Nation, “The Buffalo Humanities Festival, “Moving Stories,” September 27, 2014
“Race, Riots and Roller Coasters: The Struggle for Integrated Recreation in America,” Central Library, Rochester, July 15, 2014
Quoted in “Why Pumpkin Fest Violence Isn’t Like Ferguson,” Cnn.com, October 21, 2014
Historical Consultant, “United Skates,” Independent Documentary Film, August 2014-present
Interviewed for “I Have a Dream” speech commemoration, Channel 2, WGRZ, August 28, 2013
Huffington Post Live segment on Leigh Gallagher, The End of the Suburbs, August 9, 2013
Radio interview and blog post about Race, Riots and Roller Coasters, WBEZ Chicago, February 19, 2013
Radio interview about Race, Riots and Roller Coasters, WBAI New York, September 10, 2012
Humanities Advisor for "Race, Culture and the American City," a PBS documentary television series, 2004
Honors and Awards
National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowship, Spring 2016
Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2014-present
Susan B. Anthony Institute Research Grant, University of Rochester, Spring 2010
Abraham J. Karp Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Rochester, Spring 2005
Beveridge Grant, American Historical Association, 2002
Faculty Research Grant, Saint Bonaventure University, 2000
Lerner-Scott Dissertation Prize of the Organization of American Historians, 1997
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1996-1997
Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, Research Grant, 1995
Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession/Conference Group on Women's History/Berkshire Graduate Student Award, 1995
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1994-1995
Graduate Student Fellowship, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, 1993-1994
Walter Rodney Essay Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Essay, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, 1993
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Research Grant, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University, 1992
McGuigan Prize for Best Graduate Essay on Women, Women's Studies, University of Michigan, 1990
Slosson Fellowship, Department of History, University of Michigan, 1989-1993
University at Buffalo (SUNY), 2011-present, Professor, Received tenure and promotion to Full Professor Summer 2012
“U.S. History Post-1865.” Lecture Course
"Civil Rights in America." Lecture Course
“The City in American History.” Lecture Course
“African American History II.” Lecture Course
“U.S. History Since 1945.” Lecture Course
“Race and the American City.” Upper-level Seminar
“Sex and Gender in the American City.” Upper-level Seminar
“American Utopias.” Upper-Level Seminar
“The Long Civil Rights Movement.” Graduate Seminar
“American History Core Seminar.” Graduate Seminar
University of Rochester, 2002-2011, Associate Professor, Received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor Spring 2006
“African-American History II.” Introductory Lecture Course
“Recent America.” Introductory Lecture Course
"Civil Rights in America." Introductory Lecture Course
“The City in American History.” Introductory Lecture Course
“Race and the American City.” Upper-level Seminar
“African-American Women’s History.” Research Seminar and Introductory Course
“The Beats and Beyond: 1950s America.” Research Seminar
“Introduction to Historical Methods: American Utopias.” Introductory Course
“Leisure and Recreation in America.” Research Seminar
"Northern Freedom Struggles." Research Seminar
“African American Popular Culture.” Research Seminar
“Sex and Gender in the American City.” Research Seminar
“Senior Capstone for African and African American Studies.” Research Seminar
“United States Colloquium II.” Introductory Graduate-Level Course
Saint Bonaventure University, 1998-2002, Assistant Professor, Received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor Spring 2002
"United States History Since 1865." Introductory Lecture Course
"United States History to 1865." Introductory Lecture Course
"Twentieth Century American History to 1945." Upper-level survey
"Twentieth Century American History Since 1945." Upper-level survey
"Women in America." Upper-level survey
"The City in America." Upper-level seminar
"Leisure and Recreation in America." Upper-level seminar
"Civil Rights in America." Upper-level seminar
"American Popular Culture." Upper-level survey
"Microhistory." Graduate Course
University of Rochester, 1996-1997, Postdoctoral Fellow
"African-American Popular Music." Upper-level seminar
"African-American Women's History." Upper-level survey
University of California, San Diego, Spring 1996, Adjunct Professor
"African-American Women's History." Upper-level seminar
"Urban Studies and Planning: The City and Social Theory." Introductory lecture course
University of California, Irvine, Winter 1995, Adjunct Professor
"African-American Women and the Blues." Upper-level course
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2014-2015
“Architectures of Gender” Committee, Gender Institute, 2013-2014
Search Committee for Historian of Africa, Fall 2013
Policy Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, Fall 2012-2015
Phi Beta Kappa Committee, Fall 2012-2013
Graduate Committee, Department of History, Fall 2012-present
Executive Committee, Department of History, Fall 2011-Spring 2012; Fall 2013-Spring 2015
Chair, Speaker’s Committee, Department of History, Fall 2011-Spring 2012
Interim Director, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, Fall 2010-Spring 2011
Chair, Search Committee for Director of the Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, Fall 2010-Spring 2011
Principal Investigator, Humanities Project, “Rethinking Gender and Race in American History,” Fall 2009-Spring 2010
Target of Opportunity Hiring Committee, Department of History, Fall 2009-Spring 2010
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Fall 2009-Fall 2010
Recording Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa, Fall 2009-Spring 2011
Enrollment Committee, University of Rochester, Fall 2007-Fall 2008
Search Committee, Department of History, Fall 2006-Spring 2008
Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, Executive Committee, 2002-2011
Faculty Associate, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, 2002-2011
Publicity Committee, Fall 2004, Fall 2006-Spring 2008
College Writing Committee, Fall 2003-Fall 2004; Fall 2005-Spring 2006
Urban Fellows Program, July 2006
Organized visit of Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, Uncrowned Queens Project, April 2004
Faculty Council Representative, Spring 2004
Undergraduate Studies Committee, Spring 2004, Fall 2007-Spring 2010
Co-Taught the “American History as Dialogue” Summer Institute, July 22-26, 2002
Co-Chair, Urban History Association Conference Program Committee, 2013-2014
Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2012-present
Executive Board, Urban History Association, September 2009-2012
Presented remarks at book launch for Anastasia Curwood, Vanderbilt University, February 16, 2011
Organized conference, “Race and Gender in American History,” University of Rochester, April 17-18, 2010
North American Book Review Editor, Urban History (Cambridge University Press), December 2002-January 2009
Organized conference, “Northern Struggles: New Paradigms in Civil Rights,” University of Rochester, September 23-24, 2004
North American Editorial Board, Urban History (Cambridge University Press), September 2007-present
Editorial Board, Journal of Urban History (Sage), September 2015-present
Editorial Board, University of Rochester Press, “Race and Gender in American History” series, 2008-present
Editorial Board, Rochester History, Rochester Historical Society, 2008-2010
Chair, Society for American City and Regional Planning History, Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize Committee, 2015
Ellis W. Hawley Prize Committee, Organization of American Historians, May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014
Graduate Student Prize Committee for the Urban History Association, 2012
Article Prize Committee for Society for American City Regional and Planning History, 2011
Article Prize Committee for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, 2009, 2010
Book Prize Committee for the Urban History Association, 2004
Article Prize Committee for the Urban History Association, 2001, 2010
Article manuscripts evaluated for:
Journal of Urban History, 2014, 2015
Journal of Civil and Human Rights, 2015
American Journal of Public Health, 2004
Journal of American History, 2003
Journal of Women's History, 2003, 2007, 2016
Michigan Historical Review, 2002, 2006
Gender and History, 2009
City and Society, 2012
Book manuscripts evaluated for:
New York University Press, 2015
University of California Press, 2012, 2013
University of North Carolina Press, 2004, 2008, 2016
Wayne State University Press, 2009
University of Minnesota Press, 2010, 2012
University of Illinois Press, 2010
University of Massachusetts Press, 2012
University of Georgia Press, 2012
Textbook manuscript evaluated for:
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
Member of the Urban History Association, 1999-present
Member of the Society for American City Regional and Planning History, 2007-present
Member of the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession, 1998-present
Member of the Organization of American Historians, 1990-present
Member of the American Historical Association, 1990-present