Annie Valk

Associate Director for Public Humanities and Lecturer in History

Jenness House

Fall 2017 Class Hours:

Mon/Thu – 2:35 pm to 3:50 pm

Office Hours:

Wed – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
(and by appointment)


​Anne Valk is a specialist in oral history, public history, and the social history of the 20th century United States.  She received a B.A. in psychology from Mount Holyoke College in 1986 and a PhD in history from Duke University in 1996. She has published two books in U.S. women’s history, including Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C. (University of Illinois Press, 2008), which won the Richard Wentworth Prize issued to the best book in U.S. history published by the University of Illinois Press; and Living with Jim Crow: African American and Memories of the Segregated South (Palgrave, 2010), a collection of oral history interviews edited with Professor Leslie Brown and winner of the annual book award issued by the Oral History Association.  Before coming to Williams College in 2014, she was Associate Professor of History and Director of Women’s Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1996-2007) and Deputy Director of the Center for Public Humanities at Brown University (2007-2014).  At Williams she serves as Associate Director for Public Humanities in a position shared by the Davis Center and the Center for Learning in Action.  She teaches experiential and community-based classes in oral history and public history.  She is professionally active, serving as president of the national Oral History Association (2015-16) and is a series editor of Humanities and Public Life, a new book series published by the University of Iowa Press.