Anthony James Williams

Anthony James Williams

Graduate Student


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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

Fields of Study

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


Peer Reviewed Articles

Research Briefs

Awards & Grants

  • 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

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


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  • Dr. Marcus Anthony Hunter