William Andrews, Chair

Chapel Hill

 Bill is the E. Maynard Adams Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College, he holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.  He taught at Texas Tech University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Kansas before returning to Chapel Hill in 1996. At the University of Kansas, he was Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Professor of American Literature and director of the Hall Center for the Humanities. In 1994-1995 he was a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. From 1997 to 2001 he served as chair of the Department of English at UNC-Chapel Hill.  From 2005 to 2012 he was Senior Associate Dean for the Fine Arts and Humanities divisions of the UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences.

Bill’s scholarship focuses on African American literature before World War I. He is the author of The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt (1980) and To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865 (1986). He is the editor or co-editor of more than forty-five books on American and African American literature, including The Oxford Companion to African American Literature (1997); The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (1997, 2003); and The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1998).  His books have twice been named Outstanding Academic Books by Choice magazine. He has held research fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society. He has directed two NEH-funded Summer Seminars for College Teachers and has been a regular participant in National Humanities Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.