Chad Williams is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. He specializes in African American and modern United States History, African American military history, the World War I era, and African American intellectual history. His first book, Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era
, received the 2011 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2011 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History. Dr. Williams is co-editor of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence
and Major Problems in African American History
, Second Edition. He has earned fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He is currently completing a study of W.E.B. Du Bois and World War I.
Dr. Williams's appearance is generously sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves.