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
- PhD in Architecture, University of Michigan
- MUP in Urban Planning, University of Michigan
- MA in History, Western Michigan University
- BA 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).
“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
Select Media Mentions
Black and White Homeownership Rate Gap Has Widened Since 1900
Zillow Research, 04/10/2018
- Black and White Homeownership Rate Gap Has Widened Since 1900
Chicago’s Urban Renewal Displaced an Astonishing Number of People in the 20th Century
Chicago Magazine, 01/18/2018
- Chicago’s Urban Renewal Displaced an Astonishing Number of People in the 20th Century
The Measure of Everyday Life (WNCU), 1/18/2017
- Mapping Inequalities
New Deal-Era Maps Show Racist Redlining and Anti-Density Forces at Work
Chicago Magazine, 12/05/2016
- New Deal-Era Maps Show Racist Redlining and Anti-Density Forces at Work
New Redlining Maps Show Chicago Housing Discrimination
WBEZ Chicago, 10/28/2016
- New Redlining Maps Show Chicago Housing Discrimination
Newly Released Maps Show How Housing Discrimination Happened
National Geographic, 10/17/2016
- Newly Released Maps Show How Housing Discrimination Happened
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