Dr. Yohuru Williams named Associate VP for Academic Affairs
Yohuru Williams, Professor of History, has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University. In this new role, Dr. Williams will lead campus initiatives on first-year student retention, academic support services, student-faculty research collaborations, and other projects central to the University’s mission and strategic plan as assigned to him by Dr. Lynn Babington, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1998 and has held a variety of administrative posts both within and outside of Fairfield University. Most recently, he served as Chair of the History Department as well as the Director of Black Studies Program; he earned promotion to full professor in 2012. Dr. Williams is widely regarded as an excellent, student-centered teacher. He was awarded the MLK Vision Award at Fairfield University in 2014 and will be the featured speaker at the Convocation ceremony for first-year students in September. Previously, Dr. Williams held the post of Vice President for Public Education and Research, as well as Chief Historian, at the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York City.
Dr. Williams is the author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven (Blackwell, 2006) and Teaching beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies (Corwin Press, 2008) and the editor of A Constant Struggle: African-American History from 1865 to the Present Documents and Essays (Kendall Hunt, 2002). He is the co-editor of In Search of the Black Panther Party, New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement (Duke, 2006) and Liberated Territory: Toward a Local History of the Black Panther Party (Duke, 2008). He also served as general editor for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s Black History Month publications, The Color Line Revisited (Tapestry Press, 2002) and The Souls of Black Folks: Centennial Reflections (Africa World Press, 2003).
Dr. Williams's scholarly articles have appeared in the American Bar Association’s Insights on Law and Society, The Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, The Black Scholar, The Journal of Black Studies, Pennsylvania History, Delaware History, and the Black History Bulletin. Currently, he is finishing a book entitled In the Shadow of the Whipping Post: Lynching, Capital Punishment, and Jim Crow Justice in Delaware 1865-1965 to be published in the near future by Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Williams is a nationally recognized expert on social studies pedagogy and history curriculum. He has piloted several Teaching American History grants and been a presenter in venues including the New York Historical Society, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Williams has appeared on local and national radio and television programs most notably Aljazeera America, EBRU Today, Fox Business News, CSPAN, Fresh Outlook, and NPR and is a regular political commentator on the Cliff Kelly Show on WVON, Chicago.
Dr. Williams is honored to have the opportunity to serve Fairfield University in this new role. He has a passion for Jesuit education and will contribute greatly to the University’s most important initiatives and priorities going forward. Replacing Dr. David Sapp, who served in this role for the past two years, Dr. Williams will begin his work as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in September, alongside the other two AVPAAs, Drs. Mary Frances Malone and Christine Siegel. Please welcome Dr. Yohuru Williams to this new academic leadership position and thank him for this new way in which he will continue to be of service to the students, faculty, and staff of Fairfield University.