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Calvin White Jr.

Calvin White Jr.

Chair & Associate Professor

Affiliated Faculty African and African American Studies

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(HIST)-History

Phone: 479-575-5702

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Dr. White currently serves as the chair of the Department of History. He previously held the post of director of the African and African American Studies Program. 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.

  • Intersection of class, respectability, and the efforts of racial uplift with the development of African Americans’ religious traditions and racial identity after emancipation in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. 
  • 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), 2012-2013
  • 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