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Julie P. Winch, PhD

  • Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.6881
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall 4-640

Areas of Expertise

Professor Winch's areas of specialty are African American history, the Early American Republic, maritime history, and on-line research with an emphasis on genealogy and family history.


PhD Bryn Mawr College
MA (History) Bryn Mawr College (1977)
MA (American Studies) London University (1976)
BA (History) Cambridge University (1975)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Julie Winch grew up just outside London. She received her BA in History (1975) from Cambridge University, before going on to London University and studying for an M.A. in American Studies (1976). After teaching for a year, she won a scholarship to study at Bryn Mawr College, where she earned an M.A. (1977) and a PhD (1982) in American history. She taught at Bryn Mawr for a year, and then moved to Providence, Rhode Island, to teach at Rhode Island College (1983-85). She has been a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Boston since 1985.

Prof. Winch has been consulted for various history outreach projects, most recently the President’s House site in Philadelphia, and she was one of the historians who participated in the making of the PBS series Africans in America. She has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and she has held fellowships and research awards at Mystic Seaport, the American Antiquarian Society, the John Carter Brown Library, and Yale University’s Beinecke Library.

Prof. Winch is currently working on two book-length projects. Under contract to Oxford University Press, Reflections on Freedom explores the lives of free people of color in the period from the Declaration of Independence to the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. In a departure from her main area of scholarly interest, Prof. Winch is also working on a project tentatively titled Cheese Wars, or Blessed Are the Cheese-makers, an account of the Mammoth Cheese.

Professor Winch's CV