Paul Yandle, History Professor

Paul Yandle, PhD

Associate Professor, History
Unit: College of Humanities and Sciences, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, History
Location: Tigerville

“Let us hope that we are all preceded in this world by a love story.” –Don J. Snyder
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in The American South, The Civil War and Reconstruction, African American History Since Emancipation, British History and the Middle East.


    • MA, History, Wake Forest University
    • PhD, History, West Virginia University
  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes teaching at the post-secondary level since 1991. After completing my Ph.D., I taught as a lecturer at West Virginia University from 2006 to 2008 before becoming a visiting assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Fall 2008. I have been at NGU since 2012.

  • Selected Publications

    Book Chapters and Introductions:

    • 2017. “The Shrill Voice of the Iron Horse:” Railroad Gauge Wars and Cultural Stasis in Western North Carolina, 1854-1910 (Aalborg University Press).
    • 2010. Introduction to Brinsley Matthews [William S. Pearson], Monon Ou or Well-Nigh Reconstructed. A Political Novel [1882]. University of Tennessee Press, fall catalog.
    • 2010. “ ‘Resistless Uprising’? Western North Carolina and Thomas Dixon’s Uncle in the Klan and the Statehouse.” In Andrew L. Slap, ed., Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath (invited submission). University Press of Kentucky, spring catalog.
    • 2008. “ ‘Different Colored Currents of the Sea’: Reconstruction North Carolina, Mutuality, and the Political Roots of Jim Crow, 1872-1875.” In Paul D. Escott, ed., North Carolinians in the Era of the Civil War and Reconstruction (invited submission). University of North Carolina Press, fall catalog.


    • 1993. “Joseph Charles Price and His ‘Peculiar Work,’ Part I.” North Carolina Historical Review 70 (January): 40-56.
    • 1993. “Joseph Charles Price and His ‘Peculiar Work,’ Part II.” North Carolina Historical Review 70 (April): 130-152.

    Encyclopedia Entries:

    • 1992. “Joseph Charles Price.” In Encyclopedia of African American Civil Rights From Emancipation to the Present, ed. C.D. Lowery and J.F. Marszalek, 436-437 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group), 436-43

    Selected Book Reviews:

    • 2020. Christopher C. Moore, Apostle of the Lost Cause: J. William Jones, Baptists, and the Development of Confederate Memory (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2019) in West Virginia History, New Series (forthcoming).
    • 2019. John Hayes, Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017), in West Virginia History, New Series 13, Spring, pp. 114-116.
    • 2017. Arthur Andrew Olsen III, Forging the Bee Line Railroad 1848-1889: The Rise and Fall of the Hoosier Partisans and Cleveland Clique. (Kent: Kent State University Press, 2017),in West Virginia History, New Series 11 (Fall) 196-98.
    • 2017. Bruce G. Harvey, World’s Fairs in a Southern Accent: Atlanta, Nashville, and Charleston, 1895-1902, (Knoxville, University of Tennessee Press, 2014), in South Carolina Historical Magazine (July – issue published in 2020).
    • 2016. William A. Link, Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembrance in the Civil War’s Aftermath (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013), in South Carolina Historical Magazine (July), 273-76.
    • 2016. Durwood Dunn, The Civil War in Southern Appalachian Methodism (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2013), in West Virginia History, New Series 10 (Fall), 188-192.
      2016. Mark Wahlgren Summers, The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014), in West Virginia History, New Series, 10 (Spring), 89-91.
    • 2014. Philip N. Racine, Living a Big War in a Small Place: Spartanburg, South Carolina during the Confederacy (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2013), in West Virginia History New Series 8 (Fall) 103-104.
    • 2014. Maurice O. Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith, eds. Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012), in Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians 22 (Sept.): 121-23.
    • 2013. Kari J. Winter, The American Dreams of John B. Prentis, Slave Trader (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011), in Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 19(2): 47-50.
    • 2012. Robert Gudmestad, Steamboats and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2011), in West Virginia History, New Series 6 (fall): 103-104.
    • 2012. Judkin Browning, Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011), in Journal of Southern History vol. 78 (August), 728-29.
    • 2012. Joseph R. Reinhart, trans. and ed., A German Hurrah! Civil War Letters of Friedrich Bertsch and Wilhelm Stangel, 9th Ohio Infantry (Kent: Kent State University Press, 2010), in Ohio History vol. 119, 121-123.
    • 2011. Mark L. Bradley, Bluecoats & Tar Heels: Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North Carolina (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008), in West Virginia History New Series, 5 (fall): 137-139.
  • Selected Awards Received
    • 2011 – Co-nominee, Appalachian Studies Association, W.D. Weatherford Award for Andrew L. Slap, ed. Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2010)
    • 2006 – William D. Barns Award for outstanding graduate student in West Virginia or Regional History
  • My Network

    I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes Ph.D.s from West Virginia University who studied under Ron Lewis, an Appalachian scholar whose best-known work is probably Transforming the Appalachian Countryside: Railroads, Deforestation, and Social Change in West Virginia, 1880-1920 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998).

  • My Story

    I grew up in the Triangle area of North Carolina and finished high school in West Virginia after my parents moved there when I was in my teens. I came to saving faith in Christ in high school, and after a gap year working for the controller’s office at West Virginia University, I enrolled in WVU as an undergraduate. During my senior year at WVU, I became interested in the history of the American South and in African American history, and I decided to pursue an M.A. at Wake Forest University. I wrote my thesis under the direction of Paul Escott. After completing my M.A., I spent several years working as a newspaper copy editor before deciding to pursue a Ph.D. I enjoy hiking in the Blue Ridge in my spare time.

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