Victoria W. Wolcott
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1995
B.A. New York University, 1989, magna cum laude
Courses Regularly Taught
HIS 162: U.S. History II
HIS 379: African American History
HIS 306: The City in American History
HIS 306: Civil Rights in America
HIS 419: Race and the American City
HIS 459: American Utopias
HIS 503: American History Core II
HIS 550: The Long Civil Rights Movement
US, African American History, Gender/Sexuality, Social/Cultural History, Urban History,
My current research examines the emergence of experimental interracial communities in mid-twentieth century America. These “interracial utopias” ranged from transient radical pacifist communities in cities like Chicago and Washington, D.C., to rural communes that combined Christian pacifism with a commitment to racial equality. 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)
“Recreation and Race in the Postwar City: Buffalo’s 1956 Crystal Beach Riot,” Journal of American istory (June 2006): 63-90.
“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.
- 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
- Lerner-Scott Dissertation Prize of the Organization of American Historians, 1997