Dr. Louis Woods

Louis_WoodsAssociate Professor

CONTACT:
E-mail: Louis.Woods@mtsu.edu
Phone: 615-494-7987
Office Location and Mailing Address:
Middle Tennessee State University
Peck Hall 224B
P.O. Box 23
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132  

FIELDS: Civil Rights History, Federal Housing Policy, African American World War II Naval History, African-American veteran access to the GI Bill, and Public History

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Louis Lee Woods, II, is an Associate Professor of African-American History in the History Department at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his B.A. degree in Africana Studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in African American History from Howard University in the District of Columbia. Dr. Woods is the author of "The Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Redlining, and the National Proliferation of Racial and Socioeconomic Lending Discrimination, 1921-1950," Journal of Urban History; Volume 38, Issue 6 (November 2012): 1036-1059; and the forthcoming article "Virtually 'No Negro Veteran...Could Get a Loan:' African-American Veterans, the GI Bill, and the NAACP's Relentless Campaign against Residential Segregation, 1914-1960," Journal of African American History. These articles are part of a larger book project entitled Contesting Negro Exclusion: The NAACP's Fight for Fair Housing, 1914-1965 that examines the multifaceted institutional impediments to fair housing long endured and challenged by African Americans. Dr. Woods' research interests also include the multigenerational repercussions of historic federal housing policy on divested communities of color. His research pays particular attention to the connection between these discriminatory historical federal housing policies and contemporary racial wealth, health and educational disparities.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:

  • HIST 4750: African American Social and Intellectual History
  • HIST 3030: Topics in African American History: Urban Crisis
  • HIST 4755: Race and Place: The Struggle for Fair Housing Since 1900
  • AAS 2100: Introduction to African American Studies
  • African American History (Before 1865)
  • African American History (Since 1865)
  • United States History (Since 1865)

GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:

  • HIST 6105/7105: Research Seminar: Research in American History: 20th Century American Housing Segregation
  • HIST 6104/7104: Topics in African American History: The Black Freedom Movement
  • HIST 6103/7103: Graduate Seminar: Readings in Modern American History (Since the Progressive Era)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Can Health Equity Co-Exist with Housing Inequalities? A Contemporary Issue in Historical Context,” Louis Lee Woods II, Mary Shaw-Ridley and Charlotte A. Woods, Health Promotion Practice, July 2014, Vol. 15, No. 4: 476-482.

“Virtually ‘No Negro Veteran…Could Get a Loan:’ African-American Veterans, the GI Bill, and the NAACP’s Relentless Campaign against Residential Segregation, 1914-1960,” Journal of African American History, Volume 98, No. 3 (Summer, 2013): 392-417.

"The Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Redlining, and the National Proliferation of Racial and Socioeconomic Lending Discrimination, 1921-1950," Journal of Urban History; Volume 38, Issue 6 (November 2012): 1036-1059. 

SELECTED AWARDS:

Spring 2013, Institutional Equity and Compliance Archival Acquisition Grant
Fall 2004-Spring 2006, Predoctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DePauw Univeristy)
Spring 1999, Phi Beta Kappa, State University of New York at Stony Brook

WORKS IN PROGRESS: Contesting Negro Exclusion: The NAACP's Fight for Fair Housing, 1914-1965

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EDUCATION:
Ph.D., Howard University, 2006
M.A., Howard University, 2001
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1999

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