Tim Williams

Tim Williams

Assistant Professor of History

timw@uoregon.edu | 541-346-8798 | 

Winter 2022 Office Hours:

• Mondays, 10am - 12pm (via zoom)

• Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm (via zoom)

Curriculum Vitae

ACADEMIC AREAS: Intellectual & Cultural History, 19th Century United States, Gender & Sexuality, the American South

Teaching Philosophy

Small, discussion-based classes are the heart of a CHC education. On the first day of class, I tell all of my students that they may not remember every lesson learned in a given term, but they will remember the community we created together. I facilitate this community by asking students to think about class as a conversation in which speakers and listeners matter equally. Accordingly, I require students to learn their classmates’ names and call on one another during discussions. While perhaps intimidating at first, this signature pedagogy of my classes is one that students consistently praise and appreciate.

Past Courses

HC 231: The History of History

HC 231H Human Encounters and the Origins of Historical Knowledge

HC 232H Nationalism and Regionalism in U.S. History

HC 232H #OldNewMedia: Print Culture in the Modern Atlantic World

HC 233H Gender and American History

HC 424H/431H Perspectives on American Manhood

HC 444H/431H Understanding the Nineteenth-Century South

Academic Background

Ph.D., History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
M.A., History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
B.A., History (magna cum laude), Wake Forest University, 2003

Before joining the Clark Honors College in 2014, professor Williams taught at the University of Northern Iowa and Appalachian State University, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute for Southern Studies at University of South Carolina. He was also a recipient of the nationally competitive Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, offered annually by the Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education.

Williams currently sits on the university's Phi Beta Kappa Executive Committee, and maintains membership in a number of professional organizations, including the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for civil War Historians, and the Southern Historical Association.

Research Interests & Current Projects

Professor Williams works in the fields of intellectual and cultural history, focusing particularly on the nineteenth-century United States and the American South. He is currently working on two new research projects: an edited collection of the writings of a Civil War prisoner of war and his fiancée, and the manuscript for his next book, The Confederate Diaspora: Intellectual Life in the Confederacy & Postwar South. Both projects seek to understand relationships among intellectual life, region, and national identity in American history, as well as the effects of the Civil War on the history of ideas in the United States.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

  • 2018: Archie K. Davis Fellowship, The North Caroliniana Society
  • 2018: C. Ballard Breaux Fellowship, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY.
  • 2018: Earhart Fellowship on American History, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
  • 2015: Archie K. Davis Fellowship, The North Caroliniana Society
  • 2014: Research Grant, The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, Virginia Tech
  • 2011: M. E. Bradford Dissertation Prize, St. George Tucker Society
  • 2010: Research Fellowship, Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina
  • 2010: Impact Award, Graduate Education Advancement Board, University of North Carolina

Selected Publications

Intellectual Manhood

Prison Pens


For a complete publication list see Professor Williams' Curriculum Vitae.


Book Chapters and Articles