Terrion L Williamson

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20042017
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Research interests

Terrion Williamson is an assistant professor of African American and African Studies with appointments in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and American Studies. Her research and teaching specializations include black feminist theory, twentieth and twenty-first century African American literature, black cultural studies, media studies, and racialized gender violence. Her first book, Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, uses her experiences growing up in the small midwestern city of Peoria, Illinois as the staging ground for a study of how poor and working-class black women upend foregoing notions of black female representation and consequently circumvent the constraints of stereotype discourse in the making of alternative black communal formations and kinship networks. Her current book project, which builds upon work started in the last chapter of Scandalize My Name, is a victim-centered study of the more than 60 cases throughout the U.S. in which black women have been the sole or primary targets of serial killers since the 1970s.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southern California

MA, University of Southern California

Juris Doctor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BA, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research interests

  • Gender Violence
  • African American Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Black Feminist Theory
  • Black Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Race and the Law

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Research Output 2004 2017

Why did they die? On Combahee and the serialization of black death

Williamson, T. L., Jul 3 2017, In : Souls. 19, 3, p. 328-341 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

death
homicide
know how
river
community

Bla(n)ckness and the illogics of black teenage motherhood

Williamson, T. L., Sep 1 2016, In : New Centennial Review. 16, 2, p. 97-122 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

motherhood
Motherhood

In the Life: Black Women and Serial Murder

Williamson, T. L., Mar 2015, In : Social Text. 33, 1, p. 95-114

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tyler Perry and the (Mis)Representation of Christian Morality

Williamson, T. L., 2014, Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry's Productions. Palgrave McMillan, p. 203-16

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Activities 2014 2016

  • 2 Invited presentation

Black Women and Serial Murder

Terrion L Williamson (Speaker)
Mar 13 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited presentation

In the Life: Black Women and Serial Murder

Terrion L Williamson (Speaker)
Apr 24 2014

Activity: Talk typesInvited presentation

Fellowships, Honors, and Prizes

American Summer Research Publication Grant

Terrion L Williamson (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

Terrion L Williamson (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Terrion L Williamson (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Terrion L Williamson (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively