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  William H. ChafeAlice Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus of History and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sanford School of Public Policy

Office Location:  234 Carr Bldg., Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-5436
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  • Ph.D. Columbia University 1971
  • M.A. Columbia University 1966
  • B.A. Harvard University 1962


Race and Ethnicity
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Research Interests: 20th Century, Women, Race, Social, Oral

Much of Dean Chafe's professional scholarship reflects his long-term interest in issue of race and gender equality. His dissertation and first book focused on the changing social and economic roles of American women in the fifty years after the woman suffrage amendment. Subsequent books compared the patterns of race and gender discrimination in America. His book on the origins of the sit-in movement in North Carolina helped to re-orient scholarship on civil rights toward social history and community studies. Chafe has written two books on the history of post-World War II America, and a biography of the liberal crusader Allard Lowenstein. The author of eight books overall, he has received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (1981) for Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom (1980) and the Sidney Hillman book award (1994) for Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism (1993).

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications
  1. W.H. Chafe. The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States from 1890 to 2008. 2008.
  2. W.H. Chafe. Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America.  Harvard University Press, 2005: 430.  [abs]
  3. W.H. Chafe. American Liberalism inthe 20th Century. Columbia University Press, 2003.  [abs]