Neil Larry Shumsky

Neil Larry Shumsky

Associate Professor


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




Department Membership



  • U.S. Social History
  • Urban History
  • History of Immigration
  • History of Ethnic Relations


  • Ph.D. University of California
  • B.A. University of California

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    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)

    Selected Publications


    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.


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


    “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.

    Additional Information

    Current Research: return migration from the United States; streets and open space in American cities