William Simmons studies social/cultural anthropology, religion, myth, and ritual focusing on West Africa and Native America. He is also interested in American cultural pluralism and the transformations of contemporary American research universities.
William Simmons graduated from Brown University in Human Biology in 1960, and earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Harvard University in 1967. From 1967 till 1998 he was a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was Department Chair, Director of the Center for the Teaching and Study of American Cultures, and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences. In 1998 he moved to Brown University as Executive Vice President and Provost, and is currently Chair of Anthropology. He currently serves on the boards of the Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Providence Branch of the NAACP.
WILLIAM SIMMONS, Ph.D. Harvard U 1967
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