Civil Rights Movement Experts

Shannen Dee Williams

Assistant Professor of History

Shannen Dee Williams is an expert on African-American, Catholic, civil rights, women’s, and black religious history, as well as twentieth-century U.S. social movements. She frequently lectures on the long and rich history of black Catholic nuns in the Atlantic world.


Derek Alderman

Professor and Department Head

Derek Alderman is an expert in cultural and historical geography, specifically related to public memory, heritage tourism, the civil rights movement, and African-American history.