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Erica Williams

Erica Lorraine Williams

Primary Field
Cultural Anthropology
Associate Professor
Associate Professor and Chair, Spelman College, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Race, gender, sexuality, tourism, Brazil, African Diaspora, Afro-Latin America, ethnographic methods, globalization and transnationalism, black feminist anthropology, black feminist activism in Bahia, black Brazilian feminisms.

Erica Lorraine Williams is Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology department at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Anthropology and Africana Studies from New York University. She is the author of Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements (2013), which won the National Women’s Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize in 2011. She is also a co-editor of The Second Generation of African American Pioneers in Anthropology, along with Ira Harrison and Deborah Johnson-Simon(University of Illinois Press, 2018). She is Contributing Editor to the Handbook of Latin American Studies (Sociology: Brazil section), and has published in Feminist Anthropology, Transforming Anthropology, Feminist Studies, Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbook on Gender: Love, Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora (2015), Policing Pleasure: Global Reflections on Sex Work and Public Policy(2011); and Taking Risks: Feminist Stories of Social Justice Research in the Americas(2014). She is currently working on a project on Afro-Brazilian feminist activism in Bahia, Brazil. 

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