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LaDale Winling

LaDale Winling, Associate Professor

Ladale Winling
LaDale Winling, Associate Professor

Department of History
415 Major Williams Hall, 220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-1805 |

LaDale Winling is an associate professor of history and core member of the public history program at Virginia Tech.

His research and teaching explore urban and political history in the United States, especially how space, architecture, and geography shape politics, economic life, and daily experience.  His book, Building the Ivory Tower, examined the role of American universities as real estate developers in the twentieth century.

Professor Winling uses spatial data tools in both his print and digital work over the web. With collaborators, in 2016 he launched Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America, on the work of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to map and grade the credit worthiness of neighborhoods in cities across America. In 2018, he launched Electing the House of Representatives, 1840-2016, on Congressional elections. This work has been featured in The Atlantic, the New York Times, on National Public Radio, and other media outlets.

  • U.S. Urban History
  • U.S. Political History
  • History of Higher Education
  • Architectural and Planning History
  • Digital History
  • Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Michigan
  • M.U.P. in Urban Planning, University of Michigan
  • M.A. in History, Western Michigan University
  • B.A. in History, Western Michigan University
  • Urban History Association
  • Society for American City and Regional Planning History
  • Virginia Tech History Graduate Students Association Faculty Excellence Award, 2013


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

Journal Articles

“New Perspectives on New Deal Housing Policy: Explicating and Mapping

HOLC Loans to African Americans” with Todd Michney, Journal of Urban History, (January 2019).

“Students and the Second Ghetto: Federal Legislation, Urban Politics, and Campus Planning at the University of Chicago.” Journal of Planning History 10, no. 1 (February 2011): 59–86

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