Ph.D., University of California, Davis (1976);
Office: Rm. 610 Ashe
Phone: (305) 284-2737
Fields of Interest: African-American, Labor, Sport, Music, Education
Donald Spivey was born and reared in Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received his B.A., "with distinction in history" (1971) and a M.A. in history (1972), and from there to the University of California at Davis where he earned his Ph.D. in history (1976). His field is late nineteenth- and twentieth-century America, with specialization in African-American history, sport, labor, music, and education. Professor Spivey has lectured throughout the country and been a frequent commentator on radio, television, and in the print medium.
His publications include If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige (2012); Fire From the Soul: A History of the African-American Struggle (2003); The Politics of Miseducation: The Booker Washington Institute of Liberia, 1929-1984 (1986); Schooling For the New Slavery: Black Industrial Education, 1868-1915 (1978; rept. 2007); Sport in America: New Historical Perspective (1985); Union and the Black Musician: The Narrative of William Everett Samuels and Chicago Local 208 (1984); and numerous scholarly articles. He has taught at the University of California at Davis; Wright State University; the University of Michigan; the University of Connecticut; and joined the University of Miami in 1993, where he is Professor of History.
Spivey has received numerous recognitions including appointment to the Search Committee for Historian of the United States House of Representatives; Cooper Fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences; recipient of the Ronald McDonald House “Twelve Good Men Award” for Distinguished Community Service in Miami; and the Excellence in Teaching Award of the University of Miami. His team-taught course on “The Sixties” is one of the most popular courses at the University and now offered every two years. For more information on the course, please visit the website at scholar.library.miami.edu/sixties.