William Link

2008 SeasonWilliam Link

William A. Link, was born in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, where he attended local public schools. Graduating from Davidson College in 1976, he received the Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 1981. For the next twenty-three years, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; the courses he taught included North Carolina History, the history of the American South, twentieth-century American  history. Between 1995 and 1998, he served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and between 1998 and 2004 as head of the UNCG History Department. In 2004, he moved to the University of Florida to occupy the Richard J. Milbauer chair in history, replacing longtime chairholder Bertram Wyatt-Brown. He currently teaches courses in southern history at Florida, and supervises or co-supervises seven doctoral students.

Link’s publications include five books about various topics in the history of the 19th and 20th century South.

He lives in Gainesville, Florida with his wife, Susannah, daughter Josie, four cats, and one border collie.



Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism (2008)

Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia (2003)

William Friday: Power and Purpose in American Higher Education (1995)

The Paradox of Southern Progressivism (1992) 

A Hard Country and a Lonely Place (1986)


Righteous Warrior



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