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Neil Larry Shumsky

Neil Larry Shumsky, Associate Professor

Neil Larry Shumsky, Associate Professor
Neil Larry Shumsky, Associate Professor

Department of History
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8375 |

Neil Shumsky is an associate professor of history at Virginia Tech.  He is currently researching return migration from the United States; streets and open space in American cities

  • U.S. Social History
  • Urban History
  • History of Immigration
  • History of Ethnic Relations
  • PhD, University of California
  • BA, University of California
  • Fulbright Lecture/Research Professorship (1990-91; University of Graz, Austria)
  • Department of Education, Grant to Encourage Minority Participation in Graduate Education (1990. 1992, 1993)
  • National Science Foundation Grant (1989-90)


Homelessness. A Documentary and Reference Guide. Greenwood. Santa Barbara, California, 2012.

American Cities and Suburbs: An Encyclopedia, 2 vols. ABC-CLIO Publishing, Santa Barbara, California. 1988.

Journal Articles

“Noah Webster and the Invention of Immigration,” New England Quarterly, LXXXI (March 2008), 126-135.

“American Historians, Sociobiology, and the Search for a Synthesis.” Journal of Social and Ecological Boundaries. I, 1 (Summer, 2005) 1-17.

"'Let No Man Stop to Plunder': Americans Discover Return Migration, 1907 to 1924," Journal of American Ethnic History, I (Winter, 1992) 56-75.

"Dissatisfaction, Mobility, and Expectation: San Francisco Workingmen in the 1870's,” The Pacific Historian, 30 (1986), 21-28.


with Charles Sellers et al., As It Happened: A History of the United States. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974.

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