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Departments/ProgramsAfrican and Afro-American Studies
DegreesPrinceton University, Ph.D.
Princeton University, M.A.
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.
ExpertiseAfrican American and modern United States History. African American military history. World War I. African American intellectual history.
ProfileChad Williams is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University. Born and raised in San Francisco, Chad attended college at UCLA, where he earned a BA with honors in History and African American Studies. He received both his MA and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. He previously taught at Hamilton College before arriving to Brandeis University in 2012. His courses have spanned U.S., African American and African diaspora history, broadly, and race, war and society, African American intellectual history, and the New Negro, specifically.
Chad is widely recognized as an expert on African Americans and World War I and, more generally, African Americans and the military. His first book, Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era, was published by the University of North Carolina Press. Widely praised as a landmark study, Torchbearers of Democracy won the 2011 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians, the 2011 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History and designation as a 2011 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. Chad has published articles and book reviews in numerous leading journals and collections. 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’s historical writings on World War I.
|AAAS||5a||Introduction to African and Afro-American Studies|
|AAAS||70a||Introduction to Afro-American History|
|AAAS||155b||Hip Hop History and Culture|
|AAAS||156a||The Civil Rights Movement|
|AAAS||160b||If We Must Die: War and Military Service in African American History|
|AAAS||168b||The Black Intellectual Tradition|
Awards and Honors
Mandel Faculty Grant in the Humanities (2012)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2011)
Dean of the Faculty Notable Year Achievement Award, Hamilton College (2011)
Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship (2007 - 2008)
Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006 - 2007)
Scholar-in-Residence Program, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (2006 - 2007)
Williams, Chad. "“African Americans in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive”." A Companion to the Meuse Argonne Campaign. Ed. Edward G. Lengel. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014
Williams, Chad. "“Solomon Northup’s Odyssey: From American Playhouse to 12 Years a Slave”." Humanities 2014.
Williams, Chad. "“A Mobilized African Diaspora: The First World War, Military Service, and Black Soldiers as New Negroes”." Escape from New York! The “Harlem Renaissance” Reconsidered. Ed. Davarian L. Baldwin and Minkah Makalani. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013
Williams, Chad. Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era. University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
Williams, Chad. "African Americans and the Military." Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience: The Black Condition. Ed. Howard Dodson and Colin Palmer. Michigan State University Press, 2009
Williams, Chad. "Vanguards of the New Negro: African American Veterans and Post-World War I Racial Militancy." Journal of African American History 92. No. 3 (2007): 347-370.