Dr. Louis Woods

Associate Professor

Dr. Louis Woods
(615) 494-7987
Room 239, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 23, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, Howard University (2006)
  • MA, Howard University (2001)
  • BA, SUNY Stony Brook University (1999)

Areas of Expertise

Civil Rights History
Federal Housing Policy
African American military history
African-American veteran access to the GI Bill

Public History

Biography

Dr. Louis Lee Woods, II, is an Associate Professor of African-American History and the Presidential Fellow for Social Justice and Equality at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Woods received his B.A. degree in Africana Studies from SUNY Stony Brook. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in African American History from Howard University. Dr. Woods’ research has appeared in the following academic journals: Journal of Urban History, Journal of ...

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Dr. Louis Lee Woods, II, is an Associate Professor of African-American History and the Presidential Fellow for Social Justice and Equality at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Woods received his B.A. degree in Africana Studies from SUNY Stony Brook. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in African American History from Howard University. Dr. Woods’ research has appeared in the following academic journals: Journal of Urban History, Journal of African American History, Health Promotion Practice, and The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, and the Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians. During his time at MTSU Dr. Woods has also been the Africana Studies Program Director and President of the Black Faculty and Staff Association.

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Publications

Selected Publications:

"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.

"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.

"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.

“‘The Inevitable Products of Racial Segregation:’ The Multidimensional and Generational Consequences of 20th Century Exclusionary Housing Policies on the African American community, 1910-1960” The American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 77, No. 3-4 (October, 2018): 967-1012. 

Torren Gatson and Louis Woods, ‘“To Tighten the Walls of the Negro Ghettos:”’ The NAACP’s Fight against Discriminatory Federal Housing Administration Mortgage Insurance Policies, 1937-1962” Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians (Fall 2020).

Works in Progress
A Quest for a Democratic Society: The NAACP Crusade for African American Veterans, 1918-1955, accepted pending revisions, University of Tennessee Press.

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Awards

February 2018, John Pleas Outstanding Faculty Award

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

Courses

Undergraduate
HIST 4750: African American Social and Intellectual History
HIST 3030: Topics in African American History: Hip Hop history
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
HIST 6105/7105: Research Seminar: ...

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Undergraduate
HIST 4750: African American Social and Intellectual History
HIST 3030: Topics in African American History: Hip Hop history
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
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)

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