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Benn Williams

Fellowships and Awards Coordinator

Institutional advisor/liaison for Boren, CLS, DAAD, Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, and NSF GRFP; Coordinator of GC 512 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); co-created and coordinates two writing initiatives (GC 512 and WriteON!); edits the annual newsletter; liaises with the Office of Financial Aid; founded and ran the Digital Humanities Working Group; helps with fundraising; etc.

Selected Grants

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: Anna Laurie Burns Servaes, La Guiannée: An Ethnographic Study of Franco-American Cultural Identity (co-edition with the University of Mississippi Press, 2015).

As translator: Laurent Joly, “French Bureaucrats and Anti-Jewish Persecution: The ‘Jewish Service’ of the Paris Police Prefecture, 1940-1944,” Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Volume 33, Issue 1, Spring 2019, Pages 39-59,

As co-translator: Laurent Joly, “The Parisian Police and the Holocaust: Control, Round-ups, Hunt, 1940-4,” Journal of Contemporary History (published online May 2019 ahead of print)