A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Peter Levy, Ph.D.


  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley (1978)
  • M.A., Columbia University (1981)
  • Ph.D., Columbia University (1986)


  • American Civilization I & II
  • Twentieth Century U.S.
  • America in the 60s
  • North American Environmental History
  • History of the Civil Rights Movement

Research Interests

  • Recent American History, especially civil rights, new right and new left
  • Environmental history
  • Labor history


  • Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Summer 2013
  • Professional Service and Leadership Award, York College, 2012
  • Faculty Recognition Award, 2002
  • Fulbright Academic Specialist Award, 1993

Recent Publications

  • The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America During the 1960s. (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)
  • The Seedtime, the Work, and the Harvest: New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America. Edited by Jeffrey Littlejohn, Reginald Ellis, and Peter B. Levy. (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2018)
  • United States History: Modern America, rev. ed. (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2010) co-authored by Alan Taylor, Randy Roberts and Emma Lapsansky-Warner and Peter B. Levy.
  • Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cam bridge, Maryland (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2002). Awarded Choice Academic Title of the Year.