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William Whitham

Thesis Workshop Organizer


William Whitham

William Whitham is a lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University and, with Charles Clavey, coordinates the Thesis Workshop for Juniors at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES).

Whitham is a historian of political ideas, mass organizations, and governance in modern Europe and Russia/Eurasia within a global framework. His current book project, Statism and Anarchy: The Politics of Subversion in Spain, Italy, and the Soviet Union, studies how anarchists and state officials shaped one another as they competed for political influence across the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His broader research and teaching interests include political violence, policing, avant-garde culture, elite theory, and the history of the social sciences.

At Harvard, Whitham also teaches in the Freshman Seminar Program and serves on the Board of First-Year Advisers. He received a A.B. in social studies from Harvard College (2014), an M.Phil. in political thought and intellectual history from Trinity College, University of Cambridge (2015), and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University (2021).

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Lecturer, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University
  • Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University