Dr. Julian Maxwell Hayter

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies


Dr. Julian Hayter is a historian whose research focuses on modern U.S. history, American political development during the mid-20th century within the broader context of modern African American history, and the American civil rights movement.

His writing and research draws attention to mid-20th century voting rights in Richmond, Virginia 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.

In the Jepson School, he teaches courses such as Leadership and the Humanities and Justice and Civil Society. He has also taught courses on the politics of leadership in the city and civil rights leadership.

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 several local media outlets.

A popular and creative teacher, he was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2013-14 by the Richmond College Student Government Association.

Selected Publications


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.


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