OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

William H. Chafe

Portrait of William H. Chafe

Much of Bill Chafe's professional scholarship reflects his long-term interest in issues of race and gender equality. Former dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Duke University, he is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus of History there as well as a cofounder of the Duke-UNC Center for Research on Women, the Duke Center for the Study of Civil Rights and Race Relations, and the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. A past president of the OAH and a recipient of the OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award, he is the author of several books, including Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal (2012); Civilities and Civil Rights (1979), which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; and Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism (1993), which won the Sidney Hillman Book Award. He is also a coeditor of Remembering Jim Crow (2001) which won the Lillian Smith Book Award.

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