William Carrigan

About William

I am a Professor of History at Rowan University.  A native Texan, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993.  In 1999, I earned my PhD in American history from Emory University and joined the faculty in the Department of History at Rowan.  I have taught over 100 courses and thousands of students on such topics as the Civil War and Reconstruction, the American West, and the History of New Jersey.  In addition to publishing numerous scholarly essays, I am the author or editor of four books.  Most of my published work is on the history of violence in the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but I have also published on a variety of other topics, including George Washington the US-Mexican War, the history of Reconstruction, religious thought in the 19th century, and the influence of Karl Marx upon North American historians.  Named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians in 2015, my research has been cited widely in the news media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nation, and the Houston Chronicle.