Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Connecticut, 1997
M.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University, 1990
B.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University, 1988
253-A Waters Hall
Research and Teaching Interests: Gender, Criminology, Youth, Violence, Diversity
Dr. Williams specializes in gender and violence, bringing 20+ years 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, 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 criminology, gender, and diversity, and is highly regarded nationally for classroom innovations and development of distance education. Her current research interest centers around gender and corrections; she is currently engaged in a long-term prison ethnography. Future plans include visual ethnography (specifically, prison photography) and a sociological children’s book series based on Lily, Alberto, and Julio (her three Chihuahuas), entitled The Three Chimigos.