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JoEllen Vinyard


 701-E Pray-Harrold



Ph.D., University of Michigan

Professional Associations/Memberships

Representative Courses Taught

HIST 313 Michigan History
HIST 424 The United States from 1917 to 1941
HIST 529 History of Detroit
HIST 533 Studies and Techniques in Local History
HIST 534 Social and Political History of Michigan
HIST 535 Studies in the History of the Family in the United States


Interests and Expertise

Professor JoEllen Vinyard specializes in U.S. social and immigration history. Her teaching focuses especially on the history of Michigan and Detroit, with classes that often include trips by bus to tour sites around the state and throughout metropolitan Detroit. She also teaches grad classes in history of the family, ante-bellum reform movements, and techniques of local history, and she directs the internship program.

Professor Vinyard’s research concentrates on the history of Detroit and Michigan. She has published several books on 19th century immigration in Detroit and on the history of Michigan. Students may remember reading her fourth grade text on Michigan in elementary school. Recently she has completed a study of grassroots movements in twentieth century Michigan from the Ku Klux Klan through the Michigan Militia and a new fourth grade text that brings the state’s history into the 21st century. 

Selected Publications

Right in Michigan's Grassroots, the Ku Klux Klan to the Michigan Militia (University of Michigan Press, 2011).

Michigan: A Place in Time (Gibbs-Smith, forthcoming 2008).

The Irish on the Urban Frontier: Nineteenth Century Detroit (New York: Arno Press, 1976).

Our Towns (Lansing: Michigan Council for the Humanities, 1988).

Michigan: The World Around Us (New York: McMillan, 1991).

For Faith and Fortune: The Education of Catholic Immigrants in Detroit, 1805-1925 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998).

Michigan: The Great Lakes State, an Illustrated History (American Historical Press, 2005).