William H. Chafe

Board of Directors

William H. Chafe attended Harvard College, where he graduated magna cum laude in history (1962), and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in American history (1971). The author of thirteen books, his work has focused on civil rights history, women’s history, and modern political history. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom (1980), the Sidney Hillman book award for Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism (1993), and the Lillian Smith Award for Remembering Jim Crow: African American Experiences During the Era of Segregation (2001). He served as President of the Organization of American Historians in 1998–1999. At Duke University, where he began his career in 1971, he helped to start the Oral History Program, the Center for the Study of Civil Rights and Race Relations, the Duke‑UNC Center for Research on Women, and the Center for Documentary Studies. In 1988, he was named the Alice Mary Baldwin Distinguished Professor of History. He chaired the History Department (1990–1995) and was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Trinity College, and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.