Chad Williams

Chad Williams

Chad Williams is an associate professor of African and Afro-American studies at Brandeis University. His teaching and research focus on World War I, African Americans in the military, and African American intellectual history. His first book, Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era (2010), won the OAH Liberty Legacy Foundation Award and the Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award, and was named an outstanding academic title by Choice magazine. He is a coeditor of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence (2016) and is currently completing a book-length study of W. E. B. Du Bois and World War I.

Twitter: @Dr_ChadWilliams.


  • Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers and World War I
  • W. E. B. Du Bois and the Meaning of World War I
  • Responding to Charleston: The Practice of African American History in the #BlackLivesMatter Moment
  • Rethinking African American Military History
  • African American Veterans and the Struggle for Civil Rights

Process: A Blog for American History


Written with Kidada Williams and Keisha Blain


African Americans and World War I

This lecture was presented at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, March 2017.

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