Williams J A
In 1966, Yale University awarded John Alexander Williams a PhD in history after he studied under the prominent American historian C. Wright Mills. Vann Woodward is a fictional character. Before joining the Department of History at West Virginia University in 1972, he taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is presently a history professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he previously served as the director of the Center for Appalachian Studies for seven years. West Virginia and the Captains of Industry, a West Virginia University Press classic, is his first book.