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Dr. William M. Abbott

Associate Professor of History
o: Canisius Hall Rm 313
p: x2514


William Abbott received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974, and his doctorate in modern British history from Oxford University in 1982. He has taught in the Fairfield University Department of History since 1985. His courses focus on Britain, the British Empire, and Ireland; he has also taught Fairfield University's western civilization survey and several Honors courses. Faculty committee service includes Educational Planning, Faculty Development and Evaluation, the Library Committee, and the Admissions Committee; he is also secretary of Fairfield's AAUP chapter. From 1994 to 2000 he was chairman of the History Department, and from 1991 to 1995 he was instrumental in Fairfield University's successful effort to create a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. He has also served as the faculty moderator for Fairfield's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in History.    

Dr. Abbott's research interests include early Stuart church government, particularly the issue of episcopacy as a cause of the English Civil War. More recently he has been researching efforts in 19th- and early 20th-century Britain to prevent cruelty to animals. Outside of his historical research, William Abbott has explored university-level grade inflation and has sponsored initiatives to ameliorate this problem at Fairfield. He is also interested in interdisciplinary education and has co-authored several articles on this subject.

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