LaDale Winling

LaDale Winling

LaDale Winling

Associate Professor


415 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership


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  • Urban History
  • Public History
  • Digital History
  • 20th Century U.S. History

Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, Urban History Association
  • Project Co-director, Classicizing Chicago
  • Historic American Buildings Survey, Sally Kress Tompkins Fellow, 2005
  • Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta 2014–2015


  • Ph.D. University of Michigan
  • Master of Urban Planning University of Michigan
  • M.A. Western Michigan University
  • B.A. Western Michigan University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    History Graduate Students Association Faculty Excellence Award, Virginia Tech, 2013

    Outstanding Dissertation Award, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 2011 

    Doctoral Student Award, Doctoral Program in Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 2009

    Sponsored Research


    Building the Ivory Tower: Universities and Urban Development in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)


    “Students and the Second Ghetto: Federal Legislation, Urban Politics and Campus Planning at the University of Chicago,” Journal of Planning History 10:1 (February 2011), 59-86.

    “The Gravity of Capital: Spatial and Economic Transformation in Muncie, Indiana, 1917-1940,” After the Factory: Reinventing America's Industrial Small Cities, James Connolly ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010: 115-140.

    Sponsored Research 

    Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Diversity Grant, 2014–2015: “New Town: Space and Society, 1900–1940”

    Additional Information

    Current Research: University growth and urban development in U.S. cities