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Shannen-Dee-WilliamsA UT professor has been named a distinguished lecturer in the world’s largest professional association dedicated to American history scholarship.

Shannen Dee Williams, UT assistant professor of history, has been appointed to the Organization of American Historians’ prestigious Distinguished Lectureship Program.

The organization appointed seventy-eight new speakers to the program. The scholars, who are affiliated with some of the nation’s top universities, join more than 400 other OAH Distinguished Lecturers who speak to audiences across the country each year. They are widely sought for appearances at museums, libraries, universities, community centers, churches and synagogues, and other venues.

OAH Distinguished Lecturers promote understanding and appreciation of all facets of US history from the 1600s through the present, which is an essential component of the organization’s mission.

Williams teaches courses in US, African-American, women’s, religious, and civil rights history at UT. She frequently lectures on the long and rich history of black Catholic nuns in the Atlantic world. Her research has been supported by numerous fellowships and grants, including the Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship in Religion and Ethics from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Visit the Organization of American Historians’ website for more details about the Distinguished Lectureship Program.