Dr. Jim WilliamsDr. Jim Williams

Director, Albert Gore Research Center

E-mail: jim.williams@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 898-2633
Office Location and Mailing Address: Todd Hall, Room 128
MTSU Box 193
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Link to Personal Website: www.mtsu.edu/~jhwillia

FIELDS: Colonial America and the Early Atlantic World, Oral History

BIOGRAPHY: A native of Kansas City, Missouri, and graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, I combine an interest in Harry S Truman and Winston Churchill with my graduate training and scholarly research on colonial North America before the American Revolution. Since August 2008, I have also directed the Albert Gore Research Center at MTSU (gorecenter.mtsu.edu) and have enjoyed the challenges of administration of a historical organization that partners with the public history program. I am also involved in several ongoing oral history projects. If you like pugs, come see me.


  • History 4010, Colonial America
  • History 3010, The Historian's Craft

Occasionally  a topics course on the Salem Witch Trials. Complete listing of past courses can be found through the above website.


  • History 6101/7101, Readings in Early American History 


Williams, James Homer. "Tyranny or Freedom? Presidential Power and Community Relations in the Firing of Philip Mankin." in Janice M. Leone, ed., Middle Tennessee State University: A Centennial Legacy. Murfreesboro, TN: Twin Oaks Press, 2011. 171-192.

Williams, James Homer. "Coerced Sex and Gendered Violence in New Netherland," in Merril D. Smith, ed., Sex without Consent: Rape and Sexual Coercion in America. New York, 2001. 61-80.

Williams, James Homer. "An Atlantic Perspective on the Jewish Struggle for Rights and Opportunities in Brazil, New Netherland, and New York," in Paolo Bernardini and Norman Jews and the Expansion of Europe to the West, 1450 to 1800. New York, 2001. 369-393.


The President's Volunteer Service Award in recognition of longstanding work with the National Park Service, 2011


Book project called "Eating with the Trumans: Recipes, Menus, and History"

VIDEOCLIP: Watch me on the "CBS Evening News" about a textbook scam: Textbook Publisher Kickback Scam?


Ph.D.,  Vanderbilt University, 1993
M.A.,    The College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1987
B.A.,     Westminster College, summa cum laude, 1986


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