William Chafe in conversation



11 November 2016


USSC Boardroom


Public forum

William H. Chafe is the former president of the Organization of American Historians and is the author of 13 books on the women's movement, the civil rights movement, and the intersection of the political and the personal. His most recent book is Hillary and Bill: The Clintons and the Politics of the Personal, which explores how the personal chemistry of the Clintons' relationship helps to explain the political careers of both Clintons. For forty-five years, Chafe has taught history at Duke University.

He spoke with the Centre’s academic director, David Smith, about the future of both Clintons in light of the election result, and the legacy they’ll leave in US political history.


  • Professor William Chafe
    Former Dean of Arts and Sciences, Duke University

    William Chafe is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University, USA. He was special guest speaker at the US Studies Centre's National Summit in 2007 and visited the Centre again in 2011 and 2016.

    Much of his professional scholarship reflects his long-term interest in issue of race...

  • Associate Professor David Smith
    Associate Professor David Smith
    Associate Professor in American Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney)

    David Smith is jointly appointed between the US Studies Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. His research examines political relations between states and minorities, with a focus on religion in the US. His book Religious Persecution and Political Order in the United States was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.