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Dr Rachel Williams

Dr Rachel Williams

Lecturer in American History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities


  • BA (University of Cambridge)
  • MA (University of Nottingham)
  • PhD (University of Nottingham)


Dr Rachel Williams teaches American history, with a particular focus on the social history of the 19th century.

She is currently completing a monograph on civilian relief agencies during the American Civil War, exploring the role of philanthropy, evangelical postmillennialism, and bureaucratisation in the Union war effort.


American History: Birth of a Nation

The Fire Next Time: From Slavery to Civil Rights

The Civil War in History and Culture

Module Tutor:

Introduction to the American Year Abroad

Contemporary America in Context

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Response to Deborah Willis, the Black Civil War Soldier: Conflict and Citizenship

Williams, R. (2017). Response to Deborah Willis, the Black Civil War Soldier: Conflict and Citizenship. Journal of American Studies, 51(2), 339-347.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Williams welcomes applications for supervision in the social and cultural history of 19th-century America, American reform and philanthropy, and American Christianity.

Committee/Steering group role

Secretary, British Association for American Studies


Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Member, Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians