Associate Director for Public Humanities and Lecturer in History
Annie Valk is a teacher, historian, and advocate of community-based learning in the arts and humanities. Her position at Williams is shared between the Center for Learning in Action and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. She coordinates Claiming Williams Day, a series of interactive events about building and sustaining a more inclusive community, and works with students and faculty on arts and humanities projects that emphasize experiential learning and community-campus connections. As a lecturer in the History Department, she offers classes including oral history, digital storytelling, and other topics. Her expertise includes oral history projects, exhibits and other programs and she has published extensively on topics related to women’s history and public history. She currently serves as the past-President of the national Oral History Association. Annie earned her doctorate in History from Duke University. Prior to coming to Williams, Annie served as Deputy Director of the Center for Public Humanities at Brown University.