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Julie Richter

Faculty Affiliate, History, History, Director of NIAHD

Office: Blair 333
Email: [[cjrich]]
Regional Areas of Research: Early America, United States
Thematic Areas of Research: African American, American South, Material Culture, Public History, Women, Gender, and Sexuality


Julie Richter received her Ph.D. in American History from the College of William & Mary in 1992.  Richter has worked as a Historian for the Historical Research and Architectural Research Departments at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in addition to working as the Project Manager for Virtual Jamestown (  She teaches courses on colonial and Revolutionary Williamsburg as well as the way in which gender, race, and power shaped life in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Virginia as part of the National Institute of American History and Democracy ( 

Richter’s interest in studying historic sites can be seen in her work as the Project Manager for the American Colonial Experiences, a forthcoming National Park Service website that links colonial history with the places where it happened.  She is a consultant for “‘Full of Slime and Filth’:  A Historical and Geologic Analysis of The Link between Water Quality and Death in Early America,” a project directed by Jim Kaste, Greg Hancock (both from William & Mary’s Geology Department), and Jim Whittenburg of the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History.  In addition, Richter has received two NEH Fellowships in African and African American History and Culture from the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in support of her current research project:  “The Students of Williamsburg’s Bray School:  A Biographical Study of Eighty-Six Enslaved and Free Black Children in Virginia’s Colonial Capital, 1762-1769.”