Bill Olejniczak

Professor Emeritus

Office Hours: By appointment.
Phone: 843.953.5930

Bill Olejniczak received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1983. He was an Associate Professor at the College of Charleston from 1987-2019 and has also taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Versailles/Saint-Quentin in France. He served as director of the M.A. Program from 1994-1998 and the Director of the European Studies Program at the College of Charleston. He continues to regularly conduct study abroad programs. Bill has published in the Journal of Social History and the Journal of Policy History. During his time at the College of Charleston, he taught courses on the Enlightenment, Revolutionary and French Revolution, modern Europe labor history, and 19th & 20th century France.


1983 - Ph.D., Duke University

Research Interests

France, European Social and Cultural History

Courses Taught

Industrial Revolution

The Age of Englightenment and Revolution

Contemporary Europe: 1945 to Present

The Social and Cultural History of Pre-Industrial Europe

Enlightenment and the French Revolution

World War II

History of Modern France

Research Seminar in Modern European History

European Studies


Crossings Frontiers: Culture, Language & Bilingualism; Peter Pelham & Eric Widmer, editors "Crossing Cultural and Linguistic Frontiers: Some Reflections from a Historian on the Recent European Past." Author: William Olejniczak (Deerfield Academy Press, 2004): 25-39.