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Independent Scholar
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The American South, Legal History, Women’s History, African-American History, Twentieth Century Political History, Civil Rights
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About Me

Virginia Summey received her Ph.D. in History at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in December 2017. At UNCG she also received a post-baccalaureate certificate in African American and Diaspora Studies, and is a Faculty Fellow in the Lloyd International Honors College. She received her MA in History and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Montana, and her BA in Political Science from Catawba College. Her current research focuses on the role of women in North Carolina’s white supremacy campaign in the late nineteenth century. 

Recent Publications

“Elreta Alexander-Ralston Paved the Way For Black Women on the Bench,” Greensboro News and Record, April 7, 2019, D1.

“Redefining Activism: Judge Elreta Alexander and Civil Rights Advocacy in the New South” in the July 2013, edition of the North Carolina Historical Review                                   

“Elreta Melton Alexander Ralston,”, April 24, 2015,

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Law, Politics, Race, Women