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Dr.  Julian Maxwell Hayter
Dr. Julian Maxwell Hayter
Associate 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, Va., 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.

Distinguished Educator Award, University of Richmond, 2018
Selected Publications

Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial (in)Justice, eds., J. Hayter and G.R. Goethals, (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018).

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.

In the News

A new chapter -- but not a new story: The spirit of protest has long imbued Richmond (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Dec. 7, 2020

America in crisis: Protesters topple Christopher Columbus statue in Baltimore (CNN)
Sun., Jul. 5, 2020

Does razing monuments lead to real political change? (The Economist radio podcast)
Fri., Jul. 3, 2020

Trump vows to issue executive order to protect controversial statues (CNN: Anderson Cooper 360)
Tue., Jun. 23, 2020

What to know about Juneteenth, the emancipation holiday (NBC News)
Tue., Jun. 16, 2020

Times are changing as tolerance weakens for Confederate monuments (NPR)
Mon., Jun. 15, 2020

More than 1,700 Confederate symbols are still standing across the U.S., advocacy group says (CBS This Morning)
Fri., Jun. 12, 2020

How public opinion towards Richmond's Confederate monuments shifted (VPM)
Fri., Jun. 12, 2020

Williams: Richmond's monuments to oppression need to be gone, but not forgotten (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Fri., Jun. 12, 2020

'A long time coming': Iconic Lee statue to be removed (Associated Press)
Sun., Jun. 7, 2020

Richmond to remove Confederate statues for historic avenue (NPR)
Sat., Jun. 6, 2020

University of Richmond professor weighs in on where Confederate statue should go (CBS6 - WTVR)
Thu., Jun. 4, 2020

Richmond is taking down Confederate memorials: Is this the end for other Confederate statues? (USA Today)
Thu., Jun. 4, 2020

Richmond's controversial Chesterfield annexation 50 years later (VPM)
Wed., May. 20, 2020

Julian Hayter, University of Richmond ¿ Segregation and the Suburbs (Academic Minute and Inside Higher Education)
Tue., Apr. 21, 2020

Universtiy of Richmond faculty featured in Netflix documentary series (NBC12)
Wed., Apr. 15, 2020

River City round-up: Watch 'The Innocence Files' (Richmond Magazine)
Mon., Apr. 13, 2020

Interrogating the past (Richmond Magazine)
Sun., Feb. 9, 2020

Kehinde Wiley's Rumors of War statue unveiled in Richmond (NPR)
Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Black quarterbacks are out here changing the game and how we see leadership (The Undefeated)
Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Documentary and panel on voting rights suppression set for Oct. 30 (Richmond Free Press)
Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Williams: These scholars came to Richmond so that they might teach the Holocaust better (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Fri., Sep. 27, 2019

Michael Paul Williams column: Will RPS parents buy into school equity? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

'Borderline criminal': That's the condition of decrepit public schools (Washington Post)
Sat., May. 25, 2019

Michael Paul Williams column: Richmond Public Schools needs money. But money alone won't be enough (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., Apr. 24, 2019

Landrieu urges reflection on monuments in meeting with Stoney (RVA Magazine)
Fri., Mar. 22, 2019

Stoney, former New Orleans mayor talk Confederate monuments, inequality (Richmond Times-Dispatch
Tue., Mar. 19, 2019

Richmond mayor, ex-mayor of New Orleans to discuss racism (US News & World Report)
Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

A tough balance (Inside Higher Education)
Thu., Mar. 7, 2019

Stoney appoints nine to new History and Culture Commission (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Thu., Feb. 28, 2019

Old yearbook photo shows Tennessee Governor dressed as Confederate soldier (New York Times)
Tue., Feb. 26, 2019

Virginia politics: The uneasy marriage of new liberalism and historic racism (The Conversation, Associated Press, and others)
Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Historian sheds light on Northam's "indentured servant" comments (NBC12 WWBT)
Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

Le gouverneur de Virginie rattrapé par une photo de "blackface" : "Le Sud des États-Unis n'a pas réglé tous ses démons" (Franceinfo)
Mon., Feb. 11, 2019

Aux Etats-Unis, un ¿blackface¿ est toujours insultant (Le Monde)
Fri., Feb. 8, 2019

Political turmoil in Virginia puts Democrats in conundrum (Globe and Mail)
Fri., Feb. 8, 2019

Racist histories (Inside Higher Education)
Tue., Feb. 5, 2019

In blackface controversy, Virginia remains haunted by its Confederate past (USA Today)
Mon., Feb. 4, 2019

Analysis: Northam struggles to escape Virginia's troubled past and his own (Washington Post)
Sat., Feb. 2, 2019

Charlottesville was about memory, not monuments (Washington Post op-ed)
Fri., Aug. 10, 2018

Virginia politics: The uneasy marriage of new liberalism and historic racism (The Conversation, Associated Press, and others)
Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

The history and future of Confederate monuments (CBS 60 MINUTES)
Sun., Mar. 11, 2018

5 things we learned about Confederate monuments from '60 Minutes' (
Mon., Mar. 12, 2018

Richmond Confederate monuments, Mayor Stoney featured on '60 Minutes' (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Mar. 12, 2018

Williams: Will Virginia's election results affect debate on Confederate monuments? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

Essential Reading: The Dream is Lost (Richmond Magazine)
Sun., Nov. 5, 2017

Confederate Monuments are Tributes to a Whitewashed History (Los Angeles Times)
Tue., Oct. 3, 2017

As Relations Between Police and Community Fray, Mayor Stoney Must Step Up (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Sep. 11, 2017

Richmond, Va., Grapples With the Fate of Confederate Monuments (National Public Radio)
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

How a Goofy Southern Sitcom Became the Vanguard of the Neo-Confederacy (Politico)
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

Analysis: Confederate Monuments Are About Maintaining White Supremacy (The Washington Post)
Thu., Jul. 27, 2017

The Real Story of Our Monuments (Richmond Magazine)
Thu., Jun. 22, 2017

Mayor Stoney: Richmond's Confederate Monuments Can Stay, but Whole Story Must be Told (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Thu., Jun. 22, 2017

For better or worse, Richmond School Board and Bedden get a divorce (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Apr. 24, 2017

Richmond's Mayor Stoney must weather outside forces (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

Vilification of Black Lives Matter is nothing new (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Fri., Jul. 15, 2016

Expert Panel Picks Apart Democracy Doubters Through History (The Daily Progress)
Wed., Sep. 14, 2016

Richmond needs strong City Council too (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Tue., Jun. 21, 2016

Will mayor's race be one for the ages? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Fri., Apr. 22, 2016

Richmond mayor blends church and state (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Tue., Jan. 12, 2016

A positive among the attack ads in the Gecker-Sturtevant race (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Tue., Nov. 3, 2015

Voters can forgive without forgetting (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Fri., Mar. 27, 2015

Julian Hayter chosen in third installment of Last Lecture Series
Thu., Nov. 13, 2014

Opinion: Double Segregation (Style Weekly)
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014

What is Black History Month's role today? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Feb. 17, 2014

Opinion: The Rest of the Dream (Style Weekly)
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013

Opinion: Voting Blocks (Style Weekly)
Tue., Jul. 30, 2013

Ph.D., University of Virginia 2010
American History
M.A., University of Virginia 2005
American History
B.A., University of Washington 2003
Contact Information
237 Jepson Hall
(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