William G. Thomas III is a historian, author, and producer. He currently serves as the John and Catherine Angle Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Nebraska. He teaches nineteenth-century U.S. history and specializes in The Civil War, the U.S. South, legal history, and the history of slavery. He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and Trinity College in Connecticut, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History at the University of Virginia.
His research has been published in the American Historical Review, The Journal of Historical Geography, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Civil War History, and by leading university presses, including Louisiana State University Press, the University of Nebraska Press, and Yale University Press. He has received several fellowships and grants, including an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a Collaborative Research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He served as the Visiting Professor of North American Studies at the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, in London, England, in 2008.
A dedicated teacher and mentor, as Chair of the Department of History at Nebraska from 2010 to 2016, he guided the department to the University-wide Departmental Teaching Award in 2017. Thomas received the Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award in 2012 from the College of Arts and Sciences at Nebraska, the highest award for teaching in the College. He was also named a Mead Honored Faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia in 2004-05 in recognition for his dedication to undergraduate teaching.