Civil Rights 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.


Michael Higdon

Director of Legal Writing, Associate Professor of Law

Michael Higdon is the director of the College of Law’s Legal Writing Program and an associate professor of law who specializes in family law, legal writing, and sexuality, gender, and the law.


Richard Pacelle

Professor of Political Science, Head of the Department of Political Science

Richard Pacelle is an expert on the US Supreme Court. His other interests include American politics, Constitutional law, civil liberties, and the judicial process.