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Associate Professor of U.S. History, High Point University

Paul Ringel is an award-winning associate professor of history at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. He teaches a variety of courses on the 19th and 20th-century United States, with a particular focus on race, sports, and popular culture. He was named High Point University Service Learning Professor of the Year for 2014-2015. His book, Commercializing Childhood: Children’s Magazines, Urban Gentility, and the Ideal of the American Child, won the Children's Literature Association's 2015 Honor Book Award for "outstanding scholarship in the field of children's literature," and is available now. He has written articles for a variety of outlets, including Time, The Atlantic, and Smithsonian magazines, as well as scholarly journals such as The Public Historian and NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture. As a public historian, he has worked as a consultant for the PBS television program The Time Warp Trio and leads the William Penn Project, a service learning initiative through which High Point University students are researching and building a website on the history of the city’s all-black high school from 1892 through 1968. Current projects include a biography of Brad Lilley, a Black Panther based in High Point, NC; a monograph on Boston’s Royal Rooters, an early group of celebrity sports fans; and an update of the 1970s television program Schoolhouse Rock.


  • –present
    Associate professor, High Point University