William Keylor

Professor of History and International Relations, BU Pardee School of Global Studies
College of Arts & Sciences

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B.A., Stanford University
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

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William R. Keylor is the author of Academy and Community: The Foundation of the French Historical Profession (1975); Jacques Bainville and the Renaissance of Royalist History in Twentieth-Century France (1979); The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900 (6th rev. ed., 2011); The Legacy of The Great War: Peacemaking 1919 (1997), edited with… Read more

William R. Keylor is the author of Academy and Community: The Foundation of the French Historical Profession (1975); Jacques Bainville and the Renaissance of Royalist History in Twentieth-Century France (1979); The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900 (6th rev. ed., 2011); The Legacy of The Great War: Peacemaking 1919 (1997), edited with an introduction; Encyclopedia of the Modern World, (2006), editor; and A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945 (Second Edition, 2008); as well as dozens of articles in scholarly journals and book chapters on twentieth-century history.

Keylor has been a Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He was elected to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, has been named Chevalier de L’Ordre National du M érite by the French government, has served as the president of the Society for French Historical Studies. At Boston University, he has received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Methodist Scholar-Teacher Award. Keylor served four consecutive terms as Chairman of the Department of History at Boston University (1988-2000) and has served as Director of the International History Institute since 1999.

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    • How Prez Donald Trump could shake up the world

      May 24, 2016

      Boston Herald William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies A President Donald Trump could become the nation’s disruptor-in-chief in a manner not seen since FDR, displaying a new swagger that could reset tense relations with China, Russia and the Middle East, while rebuilding the military and avoiding the tedious and […]

    • Removing a racist legacy at Monmouth University?

      April 30, 2016

      Asbury Park Press William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies It’s a time of reckoning for Woodrow Wilson at Monmouth University… Expert quote: “Born in Virginia and raised in Georgia and South Carolina, Wilson was a loyal son of the old South who regretted the outcome of the Civil War.” View […]

    • Princeton to keep Woodrow Wilson name despite protests

      April 4, 2016

      Newsweek William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Woodrow Wilson will remain the namesake of Princeton University’s school of public and international affairs and his name will continue to appear in other places on campus, the university said on Monday… Expert quote: “I thought it was the right decision.” View […]

    • Why Paris? Why France? Why Cyberspace?

      January 5, 2016

      The Epoch Times William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies William R. Keylor, Ph.D., is professor of History and International Relations at Boston University, and a noted historian. He speaks of the past, the recent pain of Paris, and the new threats of cyber invasions… View full article featuring expert William […]

    • Woodrow Wilson expert: taking name off Princeton school ‘going too far’

      November 25, 2015

      NJ.com William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The topic of President Woodrow Wilson’s segregationist values and whether to do away with his name on Princeton University has become hotly – and nationally – debated over the past week… Expert quote: “This is what I see as a teachable moment… There are […]

    • How do you solve a problem like Woodrow Wilson?

      November 23, 2015

      MSNBC.com William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies For decades, former president Woodrow Wilson has been hailed for his internationalism and influence on American diplomacy, but an activist movement born on the campus of Princeton University, where he once also served as president, has thrust his ugly record on race […]

    • Should we scrub all memorials to Woodrow Wilson?

      November 21, 2015

      CNN.com. By William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies. “On the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration in 2013 I wrote an op-ed published in the Richmond Post-Dispatch reminding its readers of the retrograde racial views of our 28th president that few Americans were aware of (except for historians […]

    • Princeton will consider excising Woodrow Wilson’s name over racism charge

      November 20, 2015

      Al Jazeera America William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Princeton University will consider removing the name of former U.S. President and university president Woodrow Wilson from buildings and school programs under a deal signed with student demonstrators over what they say is his racist legacy… Expert quote: “We should recognize that […]

    • Why Princeton students want Ivy to dump Woodrow Wilson name, portraits

      November 20, 2015

      Christian Science Monitor William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Princeton University will consider expunging former United States President Woodrow Wilson’s name from facilities and school programs after signing a deal with student demonstrators who feel he has a racist legacy… View full article quoting expert William Keylor

    • History, Words, Race

      November 19, 2015

      Inside Higher Education William Keylor, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Campus protests over racial issues continue to spread — and on Wednesday led to a revived debate at Princeton University over the legacy of Woodrow Wilson and the use of the word “master” to describe those who lead residential colleges… […]

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