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William Campbell, PhD

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Dr. William Campbell has been teaching courses in History at Pitt-Greensburg since 2008. Beginning in 2020/21, he is also teaching the core sequence of the Pitt-Greensburg Digital Studies Certificate: Coding and Digital Archives in the fall and Coding and Data Visualization in the spring.

Dr. Campbell has taught a wide spectrum of courses, including Black Death: Plague and History; England since 1689; Nineteenth-Century Europe; Twentieth-Century Europe; and the United States sequence. His particular interest is in the history of religions, so many of his courses have been cross-listed with Religious Studies, such as Religions of the West; Origins of Christianity; Ancient and Medieval Church History; Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages; and The Inquisition (co-taught with Dr. Pilar Herr).

Asked what he enjoys most about history, he says, "History brings us face to face with people who not only dressed and spoke differently. They also lived, acted, thought, and understood the world in ways that can be shockingly different, and often we have to read between the lines to figure out what they really believed. This is hard but rewarding work. I love helping students to work through these puzzles, allowing them to find their own 'Aha!' moments, and learning from them as they ask questions that had never occurred to me. Our diversity allows everyone to bring something unique to the table."

A proud Pitt graduate, Dr. Campbell earned his Ph.D. in Medieval History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland (2007). After working on a research project for two years in London, he earned the post-doctoral Licentiate in Medieval Studies degree from the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto (2012). As a scholar, Dr. Campbell has published three books on the history of religion in Britain, most recently The Landscape of Pastoral Care in Thirteenth-Century England (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which won the Ecclesiastical History Society Book Award. He is now embarking on a new project, a born-digital edition of the medieval statutes of St David's Cathedral in Wales, in which several students in the Center for the Digital Text have participated. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2018.