Dr. Julian Maxwell Hayter
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Dr. Julian Hayter is a historian whose research focuses on modern U.S. history, American political development, African American history, and the American civil rights movement

More specifically, his writing and research draws attention to mid-20th century voting rights in Richmond, Virginia and in the border South; the implementation of the Voting Rights Act; and the unintended consequences of African American political empowerment and governance post-1965.

He is the author of The Dream is Lost: Voting Rights and the Politics of Race in Richmond, Virginia. His work has been published in the Journal of Policy History and Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest. He also contributes to national and local media outlets.

In the Jepson School, he teaches courses such as Leadership and the Humanities, Justice and Civil Society, and Reimagining Richmond (an urban history of Richmond and the city’s contribution to the freedom struggle). 

A popular and creative teacher, he was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2013-14 by the Richmond College Student Government Association.

Selected Publications

The Dream is Lost: Voting Rights and the Politics of Race in Richmond, Virginia. (University of Kentucky Press, 2017).


“City Profile of Richmond.” Thriving Cities. Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture (2015).

"To End Divisions: Reflections on the Civil Rights Act of 1964," Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest (2015).

“Racial Politics,” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism, eds., J. Stone, R. Dennis, et al, Wiliey-Blackwell (2015).

“From Intent to Effect: Richmond, Virginia and the Protracted Struggle for Voting Rights, 1965-1977," Journal of Policy History, Vol. 26, No. 4 (2014), pp. 534-567.

Ph.D., University of Virginia 2010
American History
M.A., University of Virginia 2005
American History
B.A., University of Washington 2003
Contact Information
(804) 287-6097
(804) 287-6062 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Modern African American History
American Civil Rights Movement
African American Politics in Richmond, Virginia
American Political Development after 1945