William B. Scott was born and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended graduate school at Wake Forest University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since 1973, he has taught history at Kenyon College.

Scott is married to Donna Hurt Scott, with whom he has two daughters, Ansley '02 and Laine '06. The Scotts also raised their nephew Scott Allsbrook who graduated with a degree in mathematics from Kenyon in 1982.

Scott teaches American history with interests in American intellectual, cultural and Southern history, in which he has published half a dozen books. In 2010, with colleague Peter Rutkoff, he coauthored a cultural history of the twentieth-century African American migration entitled "Fly Away."

Scott's hobbies include furniture making and reading history and historical fiction.

Areas of Expertise

American intellectual, cultural and Southern history.


1973 — Doctor of Philosophy from Univ of Wisconsin-Madison

1969 — Master of Arts from Wake Forest University

1967 — Bachelor of Arts from Presbyterian College