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Dr. William McCoy Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department Chair (department chair)

History Department


Dr. William McCoy Ph.D.

Contact Information

phone: 617-847-5815
campus phone: 5815

Biographical Notes

  • Bill McCoy joined the History Department at ENC in 2008. He brings expertise in African, modern European, and missions history.
  • McCoy completed his doctorate in African history at Boston University , which has one of the premier programs in that field. His dissertation examined the history of leprosy care in southern Africa, with particular emphasis on missionary activities and the history of humanitarian aid in the region.
  • He has presented papers on his research in a variety of venues including the meetings of the American Historical Association, the Conference on Faith and History , and the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity . The paper he presented at the Yale-Edinburgh meeting, entitled “Leprosy, Piety, Identity: The Mbuluzi Leprosy Hospital as Informal Pilgrimage Site” will be published in the April 2014 issue of Studies in World Christianity .
  • In 2009 the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities and the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity selected McCoy to participate in a summer faculty development workshop in the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa on “Public Theology: The South African Experience.”
  • Professor McCoy currently teaches The West in the World Since 1500, Africa in World History, Twentieth Century Genocide, and survey courses in European and World history. He has also led two travel courses to Swaziland themed around the History of Medical Missions .


Public Appearances

  • Watch Professor McCoy’s presentation at the 2014 Academic Symposium entitled “The Swaziland Leprosy Survey”


  • 2014 – Publication of “Leprosy, Piety, Identity: The Mbuluzi Leprosy Hospital as Informal Pilgrimage Site” in Studies in World Christianity (forthcoming, April 2014)
  • 2012 – American Historical Association & Conference on Faith and History paper presented, “We are thrown away”: The Language of Leprosy and the Founding of the Ncabaneni Leprosy Settlement”
  • 2012-2013 – Book review essays in Fides et Historia2010 – Research seminars presented to the University of Swaziland Faculty of History

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