Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, Sociology, University of Connecticut, 1997
M.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University, 1990
B.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University, 1988
Interests: Gender, Criminology, Youth, Violence, Diversity
Dr. Williams specializes in gender and violence, bringing considerable experience in working with incarcerated populations. In particular, she is regarded as an expert in rural youth and violence/delinquency, having been trained in life processes, inequality, and the importance of place. Dr. Williams, an expert in multi-method methodologies, has considerable experience in longitudinal design and analysis. She was among 20 national scholars selected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to produce first-results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 in a project funded by the William T. Grant Foundation. Her work has been published in top sociological journals including Gender & Society , Social Problems, and Social Forces, as well as specialty journals such as Police Quarterly, Journal of Crime and Justice, and Journal of Economics and Sociology . She teaches courses in gender, diversity, inequality, and criminology and is highly regarded for classroom innovations and development of distance education at K-State. Her current research interests include kids in prison, women and their communities, girls and cultural capital, gendered consumerism, and cultural criminology.