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Calvin White Jr.

Calvin White Jr.

Associate Dean of the J. William Fulbright College & Associate Professor of History

Associate Professor of History

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

Phone: 479-575-5702

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Calvin White, Jr. became an associate dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Science in July 2018.  He joined the university in 2007 as an assistant professor of History. He was promoted to associate professor in 2013.

White’s administrative experience includes tenures as chair of the Department of History and director of the African and African American Studies Program.   

White served as a fellow in the SEC Academic Leadership Program and has been recognized for his commitment to his students, teaching, and diversity. 

His areas of study are the U.S. South with a concentration on the African American experience and he also explores the ways that religion, music, and other cultural variables influenced the development of black identity in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. His book The Rise to Respectability: Race Religion and the Church of God in Christ was released in October 2012. Currently, he is working to complete a biography of Oscar Stanton De Preist, the only African American to serve in Congress from 1929-1934 which is currently under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.


  • The American South with an emphasis on the African American Experience, West Africa During the Colonial period, and African American Intellectual Thought  
  • HIST 5103 African American Religious History
  • HIST/AAST 4383 The American Civil Rights Movement
  • HIST/AAST 4483 African American Biographies
  • HIST 3983/AAST 499V Post-1968 Black America
  • HIST/AAST 3233 African American History to 1877
  • HIST/AAST 3243 African American History Since 1877
  • HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877

Ph.D., History, University of Mississippi

M.A., History, University of Central Arkansas

B.A., History, University of Central Arkansas

  • “It Should Mean More Than Just a Simple Shout: The Life of Elias Camp (‘E.C.’) Morris,” Race and Ethnicity in Arkansas, ed. John A. Kirk (Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 2014)
  • The Rise to Respectability:  Race Religion and the Church of God in Christ (University of Arkansas Press, 2012)
  • “In The Beginning There Stood Two: Arkansas and Mississippi Roots of the Black Holiness Movement,” The Arkansas Historical Quarterly (forthcoming Spring 2009).
  • “The Church of God in Christ and Mississippi” for The Mississippi Encyclopedia (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi). Edited by Ted Ownby and Charles Reagan Wilson, forthcoming.
  • Southeastern Conference, Academic Leadership Development Program (ADLP). 
  • Gilder-Lehrman Fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. 
  • Student Alumni Board teaching award
  • Fulbright College Outstanding Advisor Award
  • John E. King Service Award
  • Dr. John and Mrs. Lois Imhoff Award for Outstanding Teaching and Student Mentorship
  • Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology Faculty Award for Social Justice and Outreach, University of Arkansas
  • Fulbright College Master Teacher Award