William Ennis, III
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, History, 2015
  • M.A., University of Iowa, History, 2003
  • B.A., Gallaudet University, History, 2000
Short Biography

Dr. Ennis is an instructor of History in the Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology (HPRS). He joined the department in 2005 as a Presidential Fellow. Dr. Ennis successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, "Hereditarian Ideas and Eugenic Ideals at the National Deaf-Mute College," in July 2015. His dissertation examines the eugenic and hereditarian discourse among the Gallaudet University administration, faculty, and students at the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Ennis teaches courses on History of Deaf American Community, 19th Century Deaf American Community, History of Mass Media and the Deaf Community, as well as American History I and II.


Deaf History; African-American History; Women's History; British Colonialism; American Deaf Community, Modern American History, and the  Progressive Era

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