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Jeffrey Williams

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The fascination Jeffrey Williams has always had with British culture and history began when he attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford-upon-Avon as an eleven-year-old boy and studied in the rooms that Shakespeare was reputed to have known as a student.  He pursued his love of history as a junior year abroad student at the University of Edinburgh and eventually earned a Ph.D. in Scottish history at that institution.  Over a forty-year career, he taught courses in modern American and European history at Northern Kentucky University from which he retired as a Professor Emeritus of History in 2015.   

A primary focus of his professional life was developing overseas learning experiences for undergraduates, and he taught in and administered study abroad classes and programs in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Australia for decades.  He continues to serve as Academic Director of the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad, a consortium of some eighteen colleges and universities with study abroad programs in English-speaking countries across the globe.  He has published articles and reviews on topics in British history and has led study tours in recent years focused on the First and Second World Wars in England and France.