James Wilson, assistant professor of history at Wake Forest University, will be one of 12 recipients of the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award at a June 4 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The award honors Peace Corps volunteers of color who have put their overseas experiences to work in their communities and in their professions to promote a better understanding of other people and their cultures.
Wilson taught English and African literature as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya from 1985-1987. Considered an authority on Kenyan history and culture, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a 2003 grant from Wake Forest’s William C. Archie Fund for Faculty Excellence for his research proposal “The Untold Story: Kikuyu Christians, Memories, and the Kikuyu Independent Schools Movement in Kenya from 1922-1962.”
Wilson received his doctorate in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in African history and African-American studies from Cornell University.
Earlier this week, the State Department asked Wilson to brief the United States’ new ambassador to Kenya regarding matters of the country.
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