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Reese selected as a Vilas Research Professor

April 14, 2015

William Reese was recently selected as a Vilas Research Professor, which is among the highest honors bestowed by UW-Madison.

Reese is the Carl F. Kaestle WARF Professor of Educational Policy Studies and History. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on the history of American education and the history of childhood and adolescence.

His new appointment begins July 1, and the Vilas Research Professorship provides a $50,000 annual research account to be used for research expenses. Reese plans to use these funds to help back graduate students and complete the research and writing of two books-in-progress: a biography of Zerah Colburn, a once world-famous child prodigy who lived in the first half of the 19th century; and a social history of the Washington, D.C., public schools, from their origins to the recent past. The Spencer Foundation has generously funded the latter project.

Reese will be honored on Monday, May 11, during a Spring Vilas Reception in honor of the university’s Vilas Research Professors.