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Benn Williams

Fellowships and Awards Coordinator

Institutional advisor/liaison for Boren, CLS, DAAD, DZL, Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, and NSF GRFP; Co-Coordinator of GC513, and WriteON!

Graduate College

Pronouns: He/Him


Building & Room:

UH 633


601 South Morgan St. Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2389


Trained as an historian, Benn Williams embodies the "alt-ac" professional. After teaching at local colleges, he moved into administration starting with a small interdisciplinary graduate program (neuroscience). Currently, he oversees most of the Graduate College's internal fellowships and awards; serves as the institutional advisor and/or liaison for a number of external funding opportunities (Boren, CLS, DAAD, Fulbright, NSF GRFP); created or co-created three writing initiatives for graduate students (GC 512, GC513, and WriteON!); liaises with the Office of Financial Aid and UIC Advancement; founded and ran the Digital Humanities Working Group.

Williams has helped UIC to be recognized in 2021 and 2022 as a Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institution Leader by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Selected Grants

Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, #P022A220052, Program Director

NSF, Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), Award #1842398, PI

Selected Publications

As author and editor: Aukje Kluge and Benn E. Williams (eds.), Re-examining the Holocaust through Literature (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009).

As editor of the William L. Potter Publications series for the Center for French Colonial Studies: Mark Walczynski, Inquietus: LaSalle in the Illinois Country (2019).

As translator: Laurent Joly, “French Bureaucrats and Anti-Jewish Persecution: The ‘Jewish Service’ of the Paris Police Prefecture, 1940-1944,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 2019): pp. 39-59.

As co-translator: Laurent Joly, “The Parisian Police and the Holocaust: Control, Round-ups, Hunt, 1940-4,” Journal of Contemporary History  vol. 55, no. 3 (2020): pp. 557–578.

Professional Memberships

National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA)

American Historical Association (AHA)