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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

Charlottesville was about memory, not monuments
Fri., Aug. 10, 2018

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