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Shannen Dee Williams

Associate Professor of History

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: History


Email: Shannen Williams
Phone: 937-229-2848


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Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of Dayton. A historian of the African American experience with research and teaching specializations in women’s, religious and Black freedom movement history, Williams is the author of the forthcoming book, Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle, which will be published by Duke University Press in April 2022.

Dr. Williams’s research been supported by a host of fellowships, grants and awards, including a Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Fellowship in Religion and Ethics from the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, an Albert J. Beveridge Grant from the American Historical Association and the John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award from the American Catholic Historical Association. Her work has been published in the Journal of African American HistoryAmerican Catholic Studies, the Washington Post, America Magazine, and the National Catholic Reporter

A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Dr. Williams also authors the award-winning column, “The Griot’s Cross,” published by the Catholic News Service.

Selected publications

Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle (Duke University Press, April 2022)