Yohuru Williams

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Yohuru R. Williams
Dean of Fairfield University
College of Arts and Sciences
Assumed office
2015 - 2017
Preceded byRobbin Crabtree
Dean of University of St. Thomas
College of Arts and Sciences
Assumed office
2017 - present
Personal details
BornBridgeport, Connecticut
Alma materScranton, B.A., M.A.
Howard, Ph.D

Yohuru R. Williams (born in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American academic, author and activist. Williams is a professor of history and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).[1] He was previously a professor of history and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University and former chief historian of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Williams is a notable scholar of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. In 2009, Diverse magazine named Williams one of its Top 10 Emerging Scholars Under 40.[2]


Williams is a graduate of the Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, Connecticut.[3] He earned bachelor's degrees in political science and a master's degree in history from the University of Scranton in 1993. He then earned a doctorate degree in history from Howard University in 1998.[4]


Williams is a member of the faculty of University of St. Thomas where he is a nationally recognized expert on social studies pedagogy and history curriculum. He began his career as a professor of History at Delaware State University where he also served as Director of Black Studies and Social Studies Education. He joined the faculty at Fairfield University in 2005. Williams became a full professor in 2012 and then served as the chair of the history department and the director of black studies. In 2014, Williams became the associate VP for academic affairs and was awarded the Fairfield University Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award. In 2015, he became the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.[5]

During a brief leave from Fairfield University, from 2011-2012, Williams served as Vice President for Public Outreach and Community Education at the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York City. Williams continued on as the chief historian for the Jackie Robinson Foundation from 2012 to 2014.[6]

Williams has made a variety of local and national media appearances, most notably in Stanley Nelson's 2016 documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution",[7] as a primary commentator in Ken Burns 2016 PBS documentary "Jackie Robinson" and on the History Channel's online documentary on the World War I "Harlem Hell Fighters." In September 2016, he appeared as a guest commentator with Marc Lamont Hill during BET live coverage of the historic opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC. He is a regular political commentator on the Cliff Kelley Show on WVON, Chicago.[5] He is also a frequent writer for The Huffington Post[8] and LA Progressive.[9]

In 2016, Willams joined the board of directors of the Network for Public Education[10] and the board of trustees of the University of Scranton.[11]

Scholarly work[edit]

William research interests include African American history, civil rights, Black Power movements, African-American constitutional and legal history, urban history and 20th-century American history.[11] He is author or co-author of several books on the civil rights and black power movements. His 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.[12]


  • Williams, Yohuru (2016). The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution. Nation Books. ISBN 9781-5685-8555-0.
  • Williams, Yohuru (2015). Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780-4158-2614-3.
  • Williams, Yohuru (2009). Liberated Territory: Untold Local Perspectives on the Black Panther Party. Duke University Press Books. ISBN 9780-8223-4326-4.
  • Williams, Yohuru (2008). Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook. Corwin. ISBN 9781-4129-6621-4.
  • Williams, Yohuru (2006). Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven. Blackwell. ISBN 9781-8810-8960-5.


  1. ^ "Yohuru Williams Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences". stthomas.edu. University of St. Thomas. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "Serving Up Relevant Scholarship". Diverse. Diverse. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "60 Seconds with Yohuru Williams". The Brainwaves Video Anthology. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Scranton Names Building After its First African American Graduate". University of Scranton. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Dr. Yohuru Williams named Associate VP for Academic Affairs". Fairfield University. Fairfield University. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jackie Robinson Foundation-Williams-Steve Adubato-One-on-One". Steve Adubato. Caucus Educational Corporation. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "Stanley Nelson's 'Black Panthers' Couldn't Be More Well Timed". IndieWire. IndieWire. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Dr. Yohuru Williams-The Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Yohuru Williams-LA Progressive". LA Progressive. LA Progressive. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  10. ^ "Yohuru Williams Joins the Network for Public Education Board". Network for Public Education. Network for Public Education. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Welcome, New Members of the Board of Trustees!". University of Scranton. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  12. ^ "Network for Public Education Board of Directors". Network for Public Education. Retrieved September 24, 2016.

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