Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 E. Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Main Office: Peck Hall 223
Department Chair: James Beeby
Telephone: (615) 898-2631
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Director, Albert Gore Research Center
FIELDS: Colonial America and the Early Atlantic World, Oral History
BIOGRAPHY: A native of Kansas City, Missouri, and graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, I combine an interest in Harry S Truman and Winston Churchill with my graduate training and scholarly research on colonial North America before the American Revolution. Since August 2008, I have also directed the Albert Gore Research Center at MTSU (gorecenter.mtsu.edu) and have enjoyed the challenges of administration of a historical organization that partners with the public history program. I am also involved in several ongoing oral history projects. If you like pugs, come see me.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
Occasionally a topics course on the Salem Witch Trials. Complete listing of past
courses can be found through the above website.
GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
Williams, James Homer. "Tyranny or Freedom? Presidential Power and Community Relations in the Firing of Philip Mankin." in Janice M. Leone, ed., Middle Tennessee State University: A Centennial Legacy. Murfreesboro, TN: Twin Oaks Press, 2011. 171-192.
Williams, James Homer. "Coerced Sex and Gendered Violence in New Netherland," in Merril
D. Smith, ed., Sex without Consent: Rape and Sexual Coercion in America. New York, 2001. 61-80.
Williams, James Homer. "An Atlantic Perspective on the Jewish Struggle for Rights and Opportunities in Brazil, New Netherland, and New York," in Paolo Bernardini and Norman Jews and the Expansion of Europe to the West, 1450 to 1800. New York, 2001. 369-393.
The President's Volunteer Service Award in recognition of longstanding work with the National Park Service, 2011
WORKS IN PROGRESS:
Book project called "Eating with the Trumans: Recipes, Menus, and History"
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Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1993
M.A., The College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1987
B.A., Westminster College, summa cum laude, 1986