Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 2009–10 (the inaugural year for such recognition), Virginia Tech.
2008–09 Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech.
2004 Hughes Gossett Prize (awarded 2005), from the Supreme Court Historical Society, for the best article published in the Journal of Supreme Court History during 2004.
Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry: Loving v. Virginia, in the series Landmark Law Cases and American Society. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2014. xx + 278 pages. Cloth and paper.
Cradle of America: A History of Virginia. Second edition, revised. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2014. xviii + 534 pages. Cloth and paper.
Higher Education and the Civil Rights Movement: White Supremacy, Black Southerners, and College Campuses. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008. xvi + 298 pages. A collection of essays, with six other contributors, mostly senior scholars. Paperback edition (slightly revised) 2009.
“Reconstruction, Segregation, and Miscegenation: Interracial Marriage and the Law in the Lower South, 1865–1900.” Published in Great Britain in American Nineteenth-Century History 6:1 (March 2005): 57–76.
“Higher Education and Civil Rights: South Carolina, 1860s–1960s.” History of Higher Education Annual 23 (2003–04): 1–22.
“Pioneer Black Legislators from Kentucky, 1860s–1960s.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 110:3–4 (Summer–Autumn 2012): 533–57.
“Reintegrating the American Past: Revisiting the West, Frederick Jackson Turner, and the Early Republic,” Virginia Social Science Journal 47 (2012): 86–102.
South Atlantic Studies Initiative Award, from CLAHS, for 2009–10, “The Black Freedom Struggle in Eastern Virginia: Three Tales.” $2,500.
Archie K. Davis Fellowship, from the North Caroliniana Society, for 2005–06, Segregation, Desegregation, and the University of North Carolina: $1,250.
Virginia Tech Foundation award (2001–04) (co-authored with Warren H. Strother), From VPI to State University: President T. Marshall Hahn Jr. and the Transformation of Virginia Tech, 1962–1974. $62,500.
The Civil Rights Struggle in Virginia
Race and Power from the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement.
History of the Civil Rights Movement
Founding Member of the Academy Faculty Scholars, in the newly formed Academy for GTA Excellence, 2014
Co-chair of the newly reconstituted Office of Undergraduate Research Advisory Board, 2014
Founding member of the CLAHS Undergraduate Research Institute's steering/executive committee, 2005
Board of Directors, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2008-14
President, Virginia Social Science Association, 2004-08