My dissertation uses mixed methods to examine discretion and punishment in California prisons. Broadly, my research examines how systems of power are both maintained and resisted, with a focus on Blackness, racism, race & ethnicity, and urban sociology.
- 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
Incarceration; Race & Ethnicity; Urban Sociology; Gender & Sexuality; Social Movements
Peer Reviewed Articles
- Williams, A.J. Forthcoming. “Defining a Black Research Ethic.” Chapter for Routledge Encyclopedia on Race & Racism, “Urban Spaces” section, edited by Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter.
- Willliams, A.J. 2021. The Need for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Criminal (in)Justice. Symbolic Interaction 44(4):861-64.
- 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.
- 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.
- Graduate Research Fellowship Program (National Science Foundation), 2019-22
- Predoctoral Research Development Grant (Social Science Research Council), 2021-22
- Engaged Student Grant w/Torres, M & Siliunas, A (Radcliffe Institute), 2019-21
- Honorable Mention, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (Ford Foundation), 2019-20
- Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant (Social Science Research Council), 2019-21
- Graduate Student Paper Award (Association of Black Sociologists), 2018-19
- Community Assistance Program Award (Urban Teachers Network), 2018-19
- Outstanding Teaching Award for TAs (UCLA Dept. of Sociology), 2018-19
- Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (UCLA), 2018-19
- Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award (UCLA), 2017-22
- Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (UCLA), 2017-22
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