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Graduate Student; Research Assistant (CDRH) History wkelly2@unl.edu 402-472-2414 612 Oldfather Hall
JOINED THE DEPARTMENT

2018

BIO

William is a second-year master's student in Nebraska's history department studying under Dr. William G. Thomas III. He graduated Cum Laude from Wabash College in May 2018 with a degree in history and minors in business and philosophy. During his undergraduate career, William completed an internship at the White House Historical Association in Washington, D.C., where he engaged in historical research and peer-reviewed writing of articles and social media content. Additionally, William established the chapter of Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society at Wabash College and served as president for two years.

After his first year in the master's program, William completed an internship at the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska. As the only intern, William wrote numerous grants, progressed stewardship efforts, assisted with and managed an event within the annual spring conference, and led the effort to develop and roll out a new all-inclusive tourism package to widen target audiences for the organization.

William's current research focuses on African American freedom suits during the first half of the 19th-century, particularly in Washington, D.C. His participation in UNL's "Nineteenth Century Studies" program has influenced his interdisciplinary approach towards his research. William is a member of the National Council on Public History and a member of the American Association of State and Local History's working committee on history relevance.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

B.A. Cum Laude, Wabash College, 2018

EXPERTISE/AREAS OF STUDY

Nineteenth Century Studies;
Early America;
North American Slavery;
Public History