Dr. Ed Ayers
Tucker-Boatwright Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, University of Richmond
Key Interview Takeaways
Edward “Ed” Ayers is Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities at the University of Richmond, where he is President Emeritus. He was formerly professor and Dean of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. Ayers has been named National Professor of the Year, and has served as both President of the Organization of American Historians and as the founding chair of the board of the American Civil War Museum. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal, hailing his “commitment to making our history as widely available and accessible as possible.” Ayers is host of The Future of America’s Past, a television series that visits sites of memory and meets the people who keep those memories alive. He is also the executive director of New American History, an online project based at the University of Richmond, designed to help students and teachers to see the nation’s history in new ways.
Edward Ayers has written and edited twelve books, including, In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Beveridge Prize; and The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His newest book, which will be released later this year, is Southern Journey: The Migrations of the American South, 1790-2020. Ed received a B.A. in American Studies, summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee in 1974. He received a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1980.