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educator , historian , writer

Melvin Patrick Ely, American historian, writer, educator. Recipient Heyman prize for outstanding scholarly publication and research Yale College, 1992, prize for teaching excellence, 1989, Outstanding Faculty award, State of Virginia, 2006. Board directors University Virginia Press, Charlottesville, 1999—2003, chair, 2003—2004, 2005—2008.


He grew up in Richmond and graduated from Princeton University, and from the University of Texas at Austin with a master's degree in linguistics, and from Princeton University with a master’s degree in history in 1982 and with a doctoral degree in 1985.


AB summa cum laude, Princeton University, 1973. Master of Arts in History, Princeton University, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy in History, Princeton University, 1985.

Master of Arts in Linguistics, University Texas, Austin, 1978.


Postdoctoral fellow Carter G. Woodson Institute University Virginia, Charlottesville, 1985-1986. Assistant and associate professor history and African American studies Yale University, New Haven, 1986-1995. Associate professor and professor history and African studies College William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, since 1995, Newton Family professor, 2005—2006, William R. Kenan Junior professor, since 2006.

Fulbright professor American studies Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1998-1999.


  • 2005 Bancroft Prize1998-1999 Fulbright Professor of American Studies.



People need to grow in relationship with God, whose love constantly prompts to transform people.


The state should not use its authority to promote any particular religious belief. It should allow people practice their own religious convictions.


All Christians can seek to create a way of life deliberately designed to overcome evil with good and to promote justice for all.


Board directors University Virginia Press, Charlottesville, 1999—2003, chair, 2003—2004, 2005—2008.


  • Other Interests

    Languages, travel, carpentry, fishing.


Son of Clarence Patrick and Vivien King Ely. M Naama Zahavi, September 14, 1983 (divorced). Children: Oren New Zealand, Kinneret K.S.

Married Jennifer R. Loux, Sep. 13, 2008; 1 child: Nathaniel Patrick.

Clarence Patrick

Vivien King Ely

Jennifer R. Loux

Oren New Zealand Ely

Kinneret K.S Ely