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Chair, Professor | African American Literature Department of English College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Williams received her Ph.D. in African American Literature from Howard University. In 2008-09, and was a faculty fellow at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. Dr. Williams has written numerous works, such as Contemporary African American Female Playwrights: an Annotate Bibliography (Greenwood, 1999), In the Light of Likeness—Transformed: The Literary Art of Leon Forrest (Ohio State UP, 2005), and she has also co-edited August Wilson and Black Aesthetics (Palgrave- MacMillan, 04) with Sandra G. Shannon, edited African American Humor, Irony, and Satire: Ishmael Reed, Satirically Speaking (Cambridge Scholars, 2007), Conversations with Leon Forrest (UP of Mississippi, 2007), and Contemporary African American Fiction: New Critical Essays (Ohio State UP, 2009). In addition to her book projects, Dr. Williams has published articles in CLA Journal, African American Review, Bulletin of Bibliography, Langston Hughes Review, Zora Neale Hurston Forum, Studies in American Fiction, International Journal of the Humanities, and Profession. She currently serves as the English Language Representative for the College Language Association.