William A. Link

William A. Link

Richard J. Milbauer Chair in Southern History

2018-19 President of the Southern Historical Association

University of Florida

William A. Link has written extensively about the history of the South, including Paradox of Southern Progressivism (1992), Roots of Secession (2003), Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism (2008), and Atlanta, Cradle of the New South (2013). Mostly recently, he wrote a two-volume history of the South, Southern Crucible (2015). He is currently writing a biography of Frank Porter Graham.

For twenty-three years, Link was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teaching courses in North Carolina history, the history of the American South, and twentieth-century American history.

In 2004, he became the Richard J. Milbauer chair in southern history at the University of Florida, replacing longtime chairholder Bertram Wyatt-Brown. He teaches courses in southern history at Florida, where he has supervised sixteen Ph.D. students.

Academic Positions

  • Present2004

    Richard J. Milbauer Chair in Southern History

    University of Florida

  • 20041999

    Lucy Spinks Keker Excellence Professor

    University of North Carolina - Greensboro

  • 20041998

    Head - Department of History

    University of North Carolina - Greensboro

  • 19981995

    Associate Dean - College of Arts & Sciences

    University of North Carolina - Greensboro

  • 20041981

    Professor of History

    University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Research Interests

  • History of the American South
  • Progressive Era
  • History of Education
  • Slavery and the origins of the Civil War
  • Modern Conservativism

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