Historical Hall of Fame: Peter Wallenstein (b. ____) is an author and professor of History at Virginia Tech.
Virginia History Series
Peter Wallenstein is an author and professor of History at Virginia Tech. He specializes in History of the U.S. South, Virginia, civil
rights, and higher education. He is currently researching in the areas of Segregation, Desegregation, and the University of North
Carolina. Wallenstein received a Bachelors Degree in History from Columbia University in 1966 and a Doctorate in History from Johns
Hopkins University in 1973.
Wallenstein has received numerous awards for teaching. He received the Virginia Tech Diggs Teaching
Scholar Award for 2005–06 for his work with undergraduates on research projects. He was also named to the Organization of American
Historians’ Distinguished Lectureship Program (2005). He received Hughes the Gossett Prize from the Supreme Court Historical Society
for the best article published in the Journal of Supreme Court History in 2004, for “To Sit or Not to Sit: The Supreme Court of the
United States and the Civil Rights Movement in the Upper South.” In 2004, he received the Sturm Award for Excellence in Faculty Research,
from the Virginia Tech chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, for his books, Tell the Court I Love My Wife (2002) and Blue Laws and Black Codes.
He also received the 2004 Scholar Award in History, from the Virginia Social Science Association.
o From Slave South to New South: Public Policy in Nineteenth-Century Georgia (Fred W Morrison Series in Southern Studies)" May
o "Virginia Tech, Land-Grant University, 1872-1997: History of a School, a State, a Nation" Oct 1997
o "The Encyclopedia
of American Political History" March 2001,
o "Tell the Court I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage, and Law--An American History" January
o "Blue Laws and Black Codes: Conflict, Courts, and Change in Twentieth-Century Virginia" April 2004
Civil War" January 2005 ISBN 978-0813923154
o "Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia History" March 2007 ISBN 978-0700615070
"Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement: White Supremacy, Black Southerners, and College Campuses." Gainesville: University
of Florida Press, 2008.