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Michael Fultz

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Michael Fultz

Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

Educational Policy Studies (EPS)

201 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1326
Office: 608/263-2091

Personal Biography

Michael Fultz is an emeritus professor with the Department of Educational Policy Studies. He received his Ed.M. and Ed.D. at Harvard Graduate School of Education and taught there in the Administration, Planning and Social Policy program for three years before coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. His teaching and research interests focus on the history of American Education, the history of African American education, and Urban Education.


Ed. D.,
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, MA

Ed. M.,
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Cambridge, MA

BA, Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA

Research Interests

My research focuses on the history of African American education, specifically, the history of African American teachers in the South from early emancipation in the 1860s through the post-desegregation period in the 1970s. African American teacher training is one prominent topic in my research, as are topics such as the social and political context of African American education; the role of philanthropy (especially the Jeanes Fund and the Rosenwald school building program); teacher salary equalization; and the nexus of African American organizations which made up the Black educational infrastructure in various historical periods. An associated research interest focuses on African American intellectual history generally.

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 1996-2000 - "Research Grant, "african American Teachers In The South, 1890-1960"," Awarded By: Spencer Foundation, Michael Fultz.
  • 1997 - "Travel Grant," Awarded By: Rockefeller Archive Center, Michael Fultz.
  • 1987-1992 - "Research Grant, "educational Vision Of The Black Middle Class, 1900-1960"," Awarded By: Spencer Foundation, Michael Fultz.


  • Fultz, M. (2012). Rev. of Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark. Journal of African American History, 97(1-2), 195-197.
  • Fultz, M. (2010). From Cotton Field to Schoolhouse: African American Education in Mississippi, 1862-1875 (Christopher M. Span). History of Education Quarterly, 50(4), 579-580.
  • Fultz, M. (2009). Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Dissolution of Black State Teachers Associations, 1954-1970. In Linda C. Tillman (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of African American Education, (pp. 67-82). Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Fultz, M. (2008). As Is the Teacher, So Is the School’: Future Directions in the Historiography of African American Teachers. In William J. Reese, John L. Rury (Eds.), Rethinking the History of American Education, (pp. 73-102). New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Fultz, M., & Brown, A. (2008). Historical Perspectives on African American Males as Subjects of Education Policy. American Behavioral Scientist. 51(7), 854-871.
  • Fultz, M. (2007). Paradoxes of Desegregation: African American Struggles for Educational Equity in Charleston, South Carolina, 1926-1972 (R. Scott Baker). South Carolina Historical Magazine, 108(4), 320-322.
  • Fultz, M. (2007). The Rosenwald Schools of the American South (Mary S Hoffschwelle). Tennessee Historical Quarterly, 65(2), 200-201.
  • Fultz, M. (2006). Black Public Libraries in the South in the Era of De Jure Segregation. Libraries and the Cultural Record. 41(3), 337-359.
  • Fultz, M. (2006). From the Grassroots to the Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education and American Democracy (Peter F. Lau, ed.). Journal of African American History, 91(3), 356-358.
  • Fultz, M. (2006, September 15). Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle Over Northern School Segregation, 1865-1954 (Davison M. Douglas). Teachers College Record.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Fultz, M. (2004). Black Power on Campus: The University of Illinois, 1965-1975 (Joy Ann Williamson). Journal of African American History, 89(2), 195-196.
  • Fultz, M. (2004). City Normal Schools, Municipal Colleges, and Advanced Education for African American. forthcoming, History of Education Quarterly.
  • Fultz, M. (2004). Manliness and its Discontents: The Black Middle Class and the Transformation of Masculinity, 1900-1930 (Martin Summers). History of Education Quarterly, 44(4), 637-640.
  • Fultz, M. (2004). The Displacement of Black Educators Post-Brown: An Overview and Analysis. History of Education Quarterly. 44(1), 11-45.
  • Fultz, M. (2001). Charleston, 1919-1920: The Final Battle in the Emergence of the South's Urban African-American Teaching Corps. Journal of Urban History. 27(5), 633-649.
  • Fultz, M. (2000). Make Haste Slowly: Moderates, Conservatives, and School Desegregation in Houston. History of Education Quarterly, 40(4), 498-501.
  • Fultz, M. (1999). We Ain’t What We Was”: Civil Rights in the New South (Frederick Wirt). Teachers College Record, 100(4), 895-898.
  • Fultz, M. (1998). 'The Morning Cometh': African-American Periodicals, Education, and the Black Middle Class, 1900-1930. In James P. Danky and Wayne A. Wiegand (Eds.), Print Culture in a Diverse America, (pp. 129-148). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.
  • Fultz, M. (1998). The Other Struggle for Equal Schools: Mexican Americans During the Civil Rights Era (Ruben Donato). Education Review.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Fultz, M. (1997). Race and the Shaping of 20th Century Atlanta (Ronald Bayor). Journal of Negro Education, 66(1), 99-101.
  • Fultz, M. (1997). Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South (Vanessa Siddle Walker) and Growing Up African American in Catholic Schools (Jacqueline Jordan Irvine and Michele Foster, eds.). History of Education Quarterly, 37(4), 452-455.
  • Fultz, M. (1997). Twenty-five Years in the Black Belt (rpt. William J. Edwards, 1918). Journal of Negro Education, 66(1), 99-101.
  • Fultz, M. (1996). Black Charlestonians: A Social History, 1822-1885 (Bernard E. Powers, Jr.). History of Education Quarterly, 36(1), 66-67.
  • Fultz, M. (1996). Multiple selections in Sandra Adell (ed.). Dictionary of Twentieth Century Culture: African American Culture. Detroit: Manly, Inc.
  • Fultz, M. (1996). The Jeanes Supervisors: Striving to Educate (Videotape Review). Journal of Negro Education, 65(1), 95-96.
  • Fultz, M. (1995). "Dual Systems of Education," "Horace Mann Bond," "The Crisis," "Teachers' Salary Cases," and "The National Association of Teachers in Colored Schools". Encyclopedia of African-American Education. Greenwood Press.
  • Fultz, M. (1995). 'The Morning Cometh': African-American Periodicals, Education, and the Black Middle Class, 1900-1930. Journal of Negro History. 80(3), 97-112.
  • Fultz, M. (1995). Teacher Training and African American Education in the South, 1900-1940. Journal of Negro Education. 64(2), 196-207.
  • Fultz, M. (1995). African-American Teachers in the South, 1890-1940: Powerlessness and the Ironies of Expectations and Protest. History of Education Quarterly. 35(4), 401-422.
  • Fultz, M. (1994). Black Scholar: Horace Mann Bond, 1904-1972 (Wayne Urban). Teachers College Record, 95(3), 418-421.
  • Fultz, M. (1990). Education in the Black Monthly Periodical Press, 1900-1910. In Harvey Neufeldt and Leo McGee (Eds.), Education of the African American Adult: An Historical Overview, (pp. 75-112). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Lightfoot, S.L., & Fultz, M. (1989). Visions of a Better Way: A Black Appraisal of Public Schooling. Washington, D.C: Joint Center for Political Studies Press.
  • Fultz, M. (1988). Reconstructing American Education (Michael Katz). Journal of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, 22(1), 19-21.
  • Graham, P.A., & Fultz, M. (1986). 'Curriculum- Proof' Teachers in Science Education. In Audrey Champagne and Leslie Hornig (Eds.), Science Teaching: The Report of the 1985 National Forum for School Science, (pp. 148-172). Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Fultz, M. (1985). A 'Quintessential American': Horace Mann Bond, 1924-1939. Harvard Educational Review. 55(4), 416-442.
  • Willie, C.V., & Fultz, M. (1984). Comparative Analysis of Model School Desegregation Plans. In Charles V. Willie (Eds.), School Desegregation Plans That Work, (pp. 197-214). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • Willie, C.V., & Fultz, M. (1984). Do Mandatory School Desegregation Plans Foster White Flight? In Charles V. Willie (Eds.), School Desegregation Plans That Work, (pp. 163-171). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Public Service

  • Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America
    Dates of Membership: 2005 - Pres.
  • Advisory Board.

  • History of Education Quarterly
    Dates of Membership: 1997 - 2009
  • Editorial Review Board Member. Period of Service: 1997 - 1999
  • Associate Editor. Period of Service: 1999 - 2009

  • Spencer Foundation
    Dates of Membership: 1996 - 1998
  • Program Action Committee.

  • Encyclopedia of African American Education
    Dates of Membership: 1994 - 1996
  • Co-editor.

  • Journal of Negro Education
    Dates of Membership: 1993 - Pres.
  • Editorial/Advisory Board. Period of Service: 1993 - 1999
  • Reviewer. Period of Service: 1993 - Pres.

  • William T. Grant Foundation
    Dates of Membership: 1989 - 1999
  • Senior Program Associate.

  • Harvard Educational Review
    Dates of Membership: 1980 - 1982
  • Board Member. Period of Service: 1980 - 1982
  • Co-Chair. Period of Service: 1981 - 1982

  • History of Education Society

  • National Science Foundation
  • Reviewer.

Awards and Honors

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 1999 - 2000
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 1985 - 1986
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