Ronald Bayor

Professor Emeritus

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
  • Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center
Office Location: Old CE Building 217
Office Hours: Phone: 770-436-0279
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Dr. Bayor is a historian who specializes in urban, ethnic and immigration history.  He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970.  He is the founding editor of Journal of American Ethnic History and served as editor from 1981-2004. He is author of Neighbors in Conflict: The Irish, Germans, Jews, and Italians of New York City, 1929-1941 (Choice outstanding academic book for 1978); Fiorello LaGuardia: Ethnicity and Reform; and Race and the Shaping of Twentieth-Century Atlanta (Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America ). He is also coauthor of Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech 1885-1985; editor of Neighborhoods in Urban America; co-editor of The New York Irish (James S. Donnelly, Sr. prize of the American Conference for Irish Studies for best book in history and social sciences), editor of Race and Ethnicity in America: A Concise History; The Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America; and Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans,4 vols.(selected  as one of the best reference works of 2011 by Booklist, published by the American Library Association). His most recent books are : Encountering Ellis Island: How European Immigrants Entered  America (2014) and ed. The Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity (2016) and Fiorello La Guardia: Ethnicity, Reform, and Urban Develpment, 2nd ed. (2017) He has been the recipient of Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the Geoffrey G. Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award. He has also received the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s Distinguished Service Award, the Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Service Award, and the 2008 Distinguished Editor Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. He served as president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society from 2006-2009.


Research Fields:
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • United States
  • Race/Ethnicity


  • HTS-3011: City in American Hist
  • HTS-3103: Honor's Thesis