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William H. Chafe

Title: Alice Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus of History
Company: Duke University
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina,United States

William H. Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University, has been now recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.

With more than 40 years of experience with foundation and university support to his credit, Dr. Chafe has been distinguished by Duke University as professor emeritus in the Sanford School of Public Policy since 2017 and the Alice Mary Baldwin distinguished professor emeritus of history at the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences since 1988. During this time, he excelled at the aforementioned university in a number of positions between 1979 and 2012, including as a professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, a dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the vice provost of undergraduate education, the dean of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, the chairman for the history department at Trinity College and a tenured history professor. Previously, he served as an associate professor of history with tenure at the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences from 1974 to 1979. Dr. Chafe began his esteemed career at Duke University as an assistant professor of history from 1971 to 1974.

Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Chafe pursued an education at Harvard University, where he wrote his honors senior thesis on W.E.B. Du Bois and obtained a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1962. He subsequently attended Union Theological Seminary for one year on a Rockefeller Theological Fund Fellowship, then continued his academic efforts with a Master of Arts degree at Columbia University in 1966. Following these accomplishments, Dr. Chafe concluded his studies at Columbia University in 1971, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Beyond his primary responsibilities, Dr. Chafe has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his immediate professional circles. In 1971, he became the co-founder of the Duke Oral History Program. He was also formerly active in his field as an assistant minister in Long Island, New York and a private high school teacher in New York. Dr. Chafe has found success with his written works as well, having authored “Lifting of the Chains: The Black Freedom Struggle Since Reconstruction,” “Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom,” “Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism,” “The Road to Equality: American Women Since 1962” in Volume 10 of “Young Oxford History of Women in the United States,” “The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890-2009” and “A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America,” among many other publications.

In light of his impressive undertakings, Dr. Chafe has accrued several accolades throughout his career. Recognized as a fellow of the National Humanities Center in 1981, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1989, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 1989 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, he was likewise honored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1975 and 1986. Moreover, he has been presented with the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award as well as the 2010 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American Historians. Attributing his success to his strong sense of purpose and direction in addition to his desire for social change, Dr. Chafe hopes to continue thriving and bestowing his knowledge to others with his literary works.

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