William Carrigan

William Carrigan

William Carrigan

Bill CarriganProfessor/Chair
Robinson Hall, 216J
856-256-4819
carrigan@rowan.edu 

Biography:

William D. Carrigan is Chair and Professor of History at Rowan University. A native Texan, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. In 1999, he earned his PhD in American history from Emory University and joined the faculty in the Department of History at Rowan. 

He is the author or editor of numerous scholarly articles and four books, including The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916 (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2004), winner of the Richard Wentworth Prize. Since 1995, he has been collaborating with Clive Webb and studying the lynching of Mexicans in the United States. With the support of grants and fellowships from numerous institutions, including the Huntington, the National Science Foundation, and the Clements Center, they have published eight articles or chapters on the subject as well as Forgotten Dead: Mob Violence against Mexicans in the United States, 1848-1928 (Oxford University Press, 2013). 

Professor Carrigan's research has been cited widely in the news media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nation, and the Houston Chronicle. In February 2015, Professors Carrigan and Webb published a widely read article in the New York Times on their research. They are currently working on a book-length study of failed or prevented lynchings in the United States.

At Rowan, Professor Carrigan has 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 2013, he won a University-wide competition vote hosted by the Student Government Association at Rowan University and subsequently delivered his hypothetical "last lecture." In 2014, the Organization of American Historians named him a Distinguished Lecturer in American History.