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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

BA, University of Illinois at Chicago

Juris Doctor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MA, University of Southern California

PhD, University of Southern California


  • 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 2016

In the Life: Black Women and Serial Murder

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

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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: Research - peer-reviewChapter (peer-reviewed)

Who Is Killing Us

Williamson, T. L. 2014 Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. SUNY Press, p. 65-71

Research output: ResearchChapter

Activities 2014 2016

  • 2 Invited talk

Black Women and Serial Murder

Williamson, T. L. (Speaker)
Mar 13 2016

Activity: Invited talk

In the Life: Black Women and Serial Murder

Williamson, T. L. (Speaker)
Apr 24 2014

Activity: Invited talk


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