Grad Students

Anthony James Williams

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My dissertation examines the use of discretion in California prisons. Broadly, my research examines how systems of power are both maintained and resisted, with a focus on Blackness, racism, race, and ethnicity.

Fields of Study

Incarceration; Race & Ethnicity; Gender & Sexuality; Social Movements;


Peer Reviewed Articles

Williams, A.J. 2020. “Wayward in Sociology?” Contexts 19(4):82-3. 

Williams, A.J. 2016. “The Road to Private Prison Divestment: Inside the University of California student campaign.” Boom: A Journal of California.

Williams, A. 2016 “South African Healthcare: Utopian Dream or Failed Reality?” Mellon Mays Undergraduate Journal.

Research Briefs

Williams, A. 2018. “Why Black Women Organizers Need to Care for Themselves and Each Other — and How They Can Do It." Scholar Strategy Network.

Williams, A. 2015 “#MasculinitySoFragile.” American Sociological Association Sex & Gender Newsletter.

Grants and Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (National Science Foundation), 2019-22
  • Honorable Mention, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (Ford Foundation), 2019-20
  • Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (Social Science Research Council ), 2019-20
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (UCLA), 2018-19
  • Graduate Dean's Scholar Award (UCLA), 2017-22
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (UCLA), 2017-22

Conference Presentations

Black in Public: How witnessing among strangers subverts surveillance on public transit

2019    Association of Black Sociologists Conference (Panel), New York, NY

2019    American Sociological Association Conference (CUSS Section Rountable), New York, NY

2019    Black Doctoral Network (Panel), Newark, NJ

I don’t know these people: How Race, Gender, and Disability Shift Interactions
Among Strangers on Los Angeles Transit

2018    Association of Black Sociologists Conference (Roundtable), Philadelphia, PA

It Means Loving Yourself Enough: Black Women Leaders and Self Care in the #BlackLivesMatterMovement

2017    Queer Graduate Conference (Panel), University of California, Los Angeles, CA

2016    American Sociological Association Annual Conference (Roundtable), WA

2016    American Sociological Association Annual Conference, (Honors Roundtable), WA

#MasculinitySoFragile: Twitter as a Public Sociology Tool to Dismantle Toxic Masculinities

2016    Invited lecture—California State University Stanislaus, Turlock, CA

#MasculinitySoFragile: Dismantling Toxic Masculinity from the Inside Out

2016    Center for Race & Gender’s Thursday Forum Series (Lecture), Univ. of California, Berkeley

Being a Visible Marker: How Black Queer Women Activists Battle Microaggressions

2015    Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Regional Conference (Panel), Stanford University

2015    Chicago Research Symposium: Humanities and Social Sciences (Panel), Univ. of Chicago

The G-Study: Examining men who have sex with men on Grindr

2014    Multicultural Community Center Research Symposium (Lecture), Univ. of California, Berkeley


Dr. Karida Brown and Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter


M.Phil. in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2020

M.A. in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2019

B.A. (honors) in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 2016