Professor of History, Associate Dean of Arts & Humanities


AB, Harvard University; MA, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University

William Kelleher Storey is professor of history at Millsaps College, where he has taught since 1999. Storey teaches classes about the British Empire, South Africa, the First World War, and the Second World War, often with a focus on environment and technology. He has also taught British Studies at Oxford. His classes are typically discussion-based seminars in which students learn about the past by means of direct engagement with source materials. Storey hopes to build a community of writers at Millsaps College and often shares his own research and writing with students.

He is the author of four books, all of which have been drafted and revised in dialogue with students. Two books are based on research about environmental and technological aspects of imperialism: Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Science and Power in Colonial Mauritius (University of Rochester Press, 1997). He is also the author of two textbooks that draw on his teaching at Millsaps: Writing History: A Guide for Students (Oxford University Press, 4th ed., 2012) and The First World War: A Concise Global History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). Storey is currently writing a biography of Cecil Rhodes.

For his commitment to teaching and writing, Storey has been recognized as the Mississippi Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He has also won the Millsaps Distinguished Professor Award and the Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher Award. His writing has won the prizes for the best journal article and best scholarly book from the Society for the History of Technology. His research has been sponsored by grants from Fulbright, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.