Dennis Patrick Halpin

Dennis Halpin

Dennis Patrick Halpin

Assistant Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History


404 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061  




Department Membership



  • U.S. Social History in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Race, Class, and Gender in the Urban World
  • African American, Race, Gender, Labor, Urban


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • M.A., University of South Florida
  • B.A., University of South Florida

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Co-Winner of the Joseph L. Arnold Award for Outstanding Writing on Baltimore’s History, Baltimore City Historical Society, 2015

    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2011-2012

    Graduate Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, 2010

    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Research Grant, Rutgers University, 2009

    Selected Publications


    • “‘The Struggle For Land and Liberty’: Segregation, Violence and African-American Resistance 1898-1918.” The Journal of Urban History, Volume 44 Issue 4, July 2018.
    • “‘For My Race Against All Political Parties’: Building a Radical African-American Activist Foundation in Baltimore, 1870s-1885.” Maryland Historical Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016, Volume 1: 86-107.
    • “‘Manufacturing Criminals’: The Historical Root of Baltimore’s Racialized Criminal Justice System,” Perspectives on History, July 2015.
    • “Unrealized Dreams and Oddball Schemes: A Failed Community and Tourist Traps in Northwestern Florida: Review of Floridale: The Rise and Fall of a Florida Boom Community by Brian R. Rucker and Florida’s Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast by Tim Hollis.” Gulf South Historical Review, Spring 2006.
    • “‘Race Riot,’ ‘Midnight Melee,’ and Other ‘Crimes’ Reconsidered: African-American Soldiers’ Protests in 1898 Tampa” Gulf South Historical Review, Spring 2005, Volume 20, No. 2: 37-62.

    Current Research

    Reforming Charm City: Grassroots Activism, Politics, and the Making of Modern Baltimore, 1877-1920