Dorothy Potter, PhD

Professor of History

Dorothy Potter


505 Brevard

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD – History, University of Virginia, 2000
  • Further graduate study, Lincoln College, Oxford University, 1980-1981
  • MA – History, University of Virginia, 1966
  • BA – History, Lynchburg College, 1964

Experience/ Background

  • July 2011-present: Professor of History, Lynchburg College
  • July 2008-June 2009: Chair, History Department, Lynchburg College
  • May 2006-June 2011: Associate Professor of History, Lynchburg College
  • 1984-May 2006: Assistant Professor of History, Lynchburg College
  • 1998-2000: Programs Coordinator, the Center for History and Culture of Central Virginia, Lynchburg College
  • 1983, 1998: Adjunct, History, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College)
  • 1985-1986: Adjunct, History, Central Virginia Community College

Information on Courses Taught

During more than two decades I have taught a variety of history courses at Lynchburg College and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College). Those at LC include courses in the Graduate History Program, the Westover Honors Program, and American history and research and writing in the History Department.

Recent Publications

  • Lynchburg: Then and Now. Arcadia Publishing, 2011. Co-author Clifton Potter.
  • Food for Apollo”: Cultivated Music in Antebellum Philadelphia, Lehigh University Press, 2011.
  • “Marseilles to Stockholm: Bonaparte to Bernadotte: The Unique Life of Desiree Clary.” Women Against Napoleon: Historical and Fictional Responses. Campus, Frankfurt (Germany), 2007.
  • Lynchburg 1757-2007. Arcadia Publishing, 2007. Co-author Clifton Potter.
  • “Music by the ‘Celebrated Mozart:’ A Philadelphia Publishing Tradition, 1794-1861,” Music and History: Bridging the Disciplines. eds. Jeffrey H. Jackson & Stanley C. Pelkey, University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
  • “Catherine of Braganza” and “Prince Rupert,” Great Lives from History: the Seventeenth Century, 1601-1700. Salem Press, 2005.
  • “1697-1698: Peter the Great Travels Incognito,” Great Events from History: the Seventeenth Century, 1601-1700. Salem Press, 2005.
  • Lynchburg: A City Set on Seven Hills. Arcadia Publishing, 2004. Co-author Clifton Potter.
  • “The Journal of Mary Freman Caesar, 1721-1741: Literary and Political Events in Georgian England” (Women’s Studies, Vol. 33), Edwin Mellen Press, 2002. (Edited)

Professional Associations

  • Mozart Society of America
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • The Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
  • The Society for Women and the Civil War

Personal Information

My husband and I met at LC during my freshman week, and life has been an adventure for us ever since. Our son Edmund Potter received his PhD in the history and technology of Virginia from Auburn University and is currently teaching at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia. He has two sons, Eric and Landon.