Dr. William E. Watson was born in 1962 in New York City. The son of musicians, he moved to Lower Merion Township in Pennsylvania with his mother and twin brother in the mid-1970s. Graduating from Lower Merion High School, Dr. Watson attended Eastern College for his Undergraduate degree in History. He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania for his Masters and completed his Doctorate in Medieval Studies., with minor concentrations in Russian History and Islamic History. Dr. Watson taught at both Drexel University and La Salle University as an adjunct professor before going full-time at Immaculata University in 1998. Dr. Watson is one of the co-founders of the Duffy’s Cut Project, an ongoing archaeological dig to uncover a mass grave of 57 Irish rail workers killed in 1832. He has authored several books, appeared in documentaries related to Irish-American history, and a member of several historical organizations.
Watson IV, William E. Ph.D. and Girkin, Richard K., "Interview of William E. Watson IV, Ph.D" (2019). All Oral Histories. 118.
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