Grad Students

Anthony James Williams

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Current Project: I am using over 100 hours of participant observation on Los Angeles county buses and trains to discuss Black witnessing, an identity-informed decision to see and be seen in public spaces where the participants are the minority.

Fields of Study

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


Peer Reviewed Articles

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

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

Research Briefs

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


Williams, A. “#MasculinitySoFragile.” American Sociological Association Sex & Gender Newsletter, November 2015, Fall Edition. Retrieved 25 November 2015

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
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, 2014-16
  • Sociology Departmental Citation Recipient (UC Berkeley), 2016
  • California Alumni Association Leadership Award, 2015-16
  • Markowski-Leach Scholar, 2015-16
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, 2014

Conference Presentations

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

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

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