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.