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Department: History

William P. HustwitWilliam P. Hustwit

Assistant Professor of History


Berte Humanities Building 204

Contact Information:

Box 549031
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4866
Office Fax: (205) 226-3089

Brief Career Background:

Hustwit has been a member of the history faculty at Birmingham-Southern College since 2013. Born and raised in Wooster, Ohio, he earned his B.A. from Kenyon College and attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi. Hustwit specializes in 20th Century U.S. history. In 2013, the University of North Carolina Press published his dissertation as James J. Kilpatrick: Salesman for Segregation. Several of his articles and review essays deal with the Civil Rights Movement. In 2012, Hustwit's article in the Journal of Southern History, "From Caste to Colorblindness," won the Ronald T. and Gayla D. Farrar Media and Civil Rights History Award from the University of South Carolina.

His personal interests include reading history, historical fiction, and non-fiction, hiking, running, and birding.

Dr. Hustwit's complete C.V. is available here.
Information on Dr. Hustwit's book, James J. Kilpatrick: Salesman for Segregation, is available here.


(2008) Ph.D., University of Mississippi, American History
(2004) M.A., University of Mississippi, American History
(2002) B.A., Kenyon College with distinction, History

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • 20th Century U.S.
  • South
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Modern Latin America

Courses Taught:

HI 152: The American People II
A continuation of History of the American People I, dealing with the changes in American society since 1865 as reflected in the industrialization of the nation with emphasis on the interaction between traditional concepts and contemporary social structure.

HI 206: The New South
The evolution of the American South from the end of the Civil War to the present with emphasis on the political and economic transformations, cultural expressions, and shifting social relations, with particular attention to the Civil Rights movement.

HI 221: Up from Slavery

HI 261: Modern Latin America
An analysis of the role of revolutionary change in modern Latin American history which emphasizes the major social and political revolutions in Mexico and Cuba and which examines the impact of Peronismo in Argentina, the military "revolution" in Peru in the 1960s and the more recent Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. Prerequisite: at least one year of college coursework.

HI 300: Practice of History Seminar
A study of what history is and what the historian does. Through an examination of some of the classics of historical writing, attention is given to perspectives of the various historians and to the changing nature of the questions they have sought to answer. By preparing their own research paper, students are also exposed to contemporary methods and techniques of historical writing and research. Prerequisite: at least one year of college coursework.

HI 320: America Since 1940
The transformation of the United States since 1940, with emphasis upon the political and social aftermath of World War II, the expansion of the American economy in the 1950s and 1960s, social movements of the 1960s, and the era of disillusionment following Vietnam and Watergate in the 1970s. Prerequisite: HI 300 or consent.

HI 349: The Cold War
A study of the Cold War from both the U.S. and Soviet perspectives, from its origins during the closing days of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Emphasis is placed on the Cold War's political and cultural impact on the home fronts, as well as the interrelationship between foreign and domestic policy. Prerequisite: HI 300 or consent.

HON 286: The Vietnam War