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William Fowler

Distinguished Professor of History



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Historian reflects on anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

William Fowler, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of His­tory, recalled the attack from both a per­sonal and his­tor­ical per­spec­tive. His father, four uncles, and an aunt served in World War II, and “Pearl Harbor was a defining moment for them and for their generation.”


Would Abraham Lincoln have voted for Trump or Clinton?

To ease the ten­sion of Elec­tion Day, we asked seven fac­ulty mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate a quirky thought exper­i­ment that chal­lenged each of them to con­sider how one well known but long dead person in their respec­tive fields would have voted in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The responses were insightful, sobering, and occa­sion­ally hilarious.


The House sit-​​in: examining the political and cultural significance

Wednesday morning House Democ­rats, led by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, began a sit-​​in on the House floor demanding votes on gun-​​control leg­is­la­tion. C-​​SPAN picked up the live feeds that mem­bers streamed from their smart­phones after Repub­li­cans shut down the chamber. Here, North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers shed light on the sig­nif­i­cance of the protest and the role of social media in its impact.


Take 5: Facts you may not know about ‘Old Ironsides’

Unde­feated, unmatched, and unfor­get­table, the USS Con­sti­tu­tion, which is under­going a two-​​year restora­tion, is the ulti­mate achieve­ment of 18th cen­tury tech­nology says Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of His­tory William Fowler.


International students share Thanksgiving feast

North­eastern stu­dents from coun­tries across the globe shared a meal together and learned about the Amer­ican holiday’s his­tory and tra­di­tions at the Inter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Institute’s annual Thanks­giving dinner on Tuesday.

ISSI Thanksgiving Dinner

3Qs: The gift of history

Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor William Fowler reflects on some of the most unusual gift exchanges between nations in modern his­tory and how the sym­bolic prac­tice has evolved.


3Qs: The origins of a sweet treat

The whoopie pie — whipped cream or frosting sand­wiched between twin choco­late cakes — has a glo­rious but mud­dled his­tory as a favorite treat throughout the north­eastern United States. Several […]

Whoopie Pie

3Qs: Celebrating America’s independence

William Fowler, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of His­tory, exam­ines the intriguing his­tory of the Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence and the Fourth of July.


Faculty Reads, Volume Six

In the sixth edi­tion of recent fac­ulty books, we high­light works about the Amer­ican Rev­o­lu­tion, the com­plexity of human-​​animal rela­tion­ships, and the impor­tance of cash flow to cor­po­rate decision-​​making.

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3Qs: Reaping the whirlwind

A North­eastern his­to­rian looks back at a blood­less battle that touched off America’s blood­iest war, 150 years ago today.

Photo by Lauren McFalls.

Selected Publications

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America and The Sea A Maritime History

Mystic: Mystic Seaport, 1998.

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