Terrion L Williamson

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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

Award Date: Aug 1 2011

MA, University of Southern California

Award Date: Aug 1 2008

Juris Doctor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Award Date: May 31 2005

BA, University of Illinois at Chicago

Award Date: May 1 2002

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

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

  • 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

    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)


    • 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