Academics: Faculty

Erica Lorraine Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane, SW Box 1702
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: (404) 270-5647

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Book signing with Dr. Erica L. Williams, author of
'Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements'

 What People Are Saying:

“This ambitious, fascinating ethnography clearly articulates how sex tourism in Bahia, Brazil, depends on the sexualized and racialized bodies of people of African descent. Erica Lorraine Williams makes a significant contribution by examining how sex tourism is both a racial and sexual project and how race is central to the commodification of culture.”
— Amalia L. Cabezas, author of Economies of Desire: Sex and Tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

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Erica Lorraine Williams joined the department of sociology and anthropology as an assistant professor in 2009. She completed her doctorate in cultural and social anthropology from Stanford University in January 2010.

She earned her master's in cultural anthropology from Stanford in 2005, and her bachelor's in anthropology and Africana studies from New York University in 2002.

Her dissertation, "Anxious Pleasures: Race and the Sexual Economies of Transnational Tourism in Salvador, Brazil," is an ethnography of the sexual and cultural politics of the tourism industry in Salvador, Bahia.

Her research focuses on the relationships between "sex tourism" and the marketing of an eroticized Afro-Brazilian culture as a tourist commodity in Salvador.

Her teaching interests include: Introduction to Anthropology, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender, Anthropology of Globalization; Anthropology of Latin America; and Race, Erotics and Globalization She also teaches African Diaspora and the World.

Photo Credit: Meghan McInnis. Image taken at National Women's Studies Association conference in Oakland, Calif., November 2012

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