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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Sue Williams

williamsAssociate Professor of Sociology 

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Connecticut, 1997

M.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University, 1990

B.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University, 1988

204 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. 

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Sue Williams' Personal Site