Vice President, Research Division


University of Nebraska-Lincoln

William G. Thomas III is the Angle Chair in the Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where also serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts and Sciences and as a Fellow of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. Thomas served as Chair of the Department of History at Nebraska from 2010 to 2016. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is the author of the prize-winning A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War (Yale Univ. Press 2020). Prior to his appointment at Nebraska, he co-founded and directed the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia, where he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of History in the Corcoran Department of History. He was a co-editor the award-winning digital project, Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, and he has led collaborative research grants from the NEH, the ACLS, and the Mellon Foundation. He served for eight years as the AHA’s delegate to the NHPRC at the National Archives. Thomas currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Trinity College.