Robert G. Corley

Robert Corely. Associate Professor
(205) 934-9986
Heritage Hall 360K

Research and Teaching Interests: Recent American history, modern South, Jim Crow and Civil Rights, history of Birmingham

Office Hours: T/Th 10-11 a.m.; and by appointment

  • BA, Birmingham-Southern College, 1970, History and Political Science
  • MA, University of Virginia, 1971, History
  • PhD, University of Virginia, 1979, History

Before coming to UAB in 1993, Dr. Robert G. Corley served for nine years as the Regional Director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ). Once at UAB, he directed its Center for Urban Affairs for 14 years, then served as the founding director for the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program at UAB from May 2007 until August 2011. In August 2011, Dr. Corley returned to the Department of History to teach full-time.

Dr. Corley has been active on a number of community boards and agencies for the last 28 years. He was appointed to the Birmingham Board of Education in 1987 and served two five-year terms, including two terms as the President of the Board (1990-1992). He was a member of Mayor Richard Arrington's Task Force that created and designed the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) and was a founding member of the BCRI Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, serving as the Board's Treasurer. He has been on the Leadership Birmingham Steering Committee since 1987, and continues to serve as a member of the Board and Executive Committee. In 2004 he was elected to the Board of the Cahaba River Society and served as President of the CRS Board from 2007 to 2010.

Among his community honors, Dr. Corley has received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Jefferson County Historical Commission (1995); the Brotherhood-Sisterhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews (1998); and the Distinguished Service Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast (2006). In 2012 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by Birmingham-Southern College.

  • Recent America since 1945

Recent America: 1945 - Present - Bob Corley from UAB College of Arts and Sciences on Vimeo.

  • History of Birmingham

History of Birmingham - Bob Corley from UAB College of Arts and Sciences on Vimeo.

  • Jim Crow South
  • Race, Class and Politics in Birmingham
  • Roosevelt to Roosevelt
  • Political History since FDR
  • The New South
  • The Modern South
  • Civil Rights Movement

Book Chapters:
  • "Birmingham-Southern College," in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 17: Education, Clarence Mohr, ed. (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).
  • "Birmingham, Alabama," in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 15: Urbanization, Wanda Rushing, ed. (University of North Carolina Press, 2010).
  • "Seeing Ourselves More Clearly," Introduction, in Stick+Stones Exhibit Catalogue (Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, July 2006).
  • "Seventeen Years of School Board Dysfunction," op-ed essay, Birmingham News, April 15, 2012.
  • "A Widening Chasm," op-ed essay, Birmingham News, November 13, 2005.