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Spelman Professor of Anthropology Co-Edits Recently Published Book

November 2018

The Second Generation of African American Pioneers in AnthropologyErica Lorraine Williams, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology at Spelman College, is the co-editor of the recently published book, "The Second Generation of African American Pioneers in Anthropology." The book explores a second generation of influential African American anthropologists who studied and specialized in the African diaspora. 

A collection of biographies of fifteen accomplished African American anthropologists trained in the late 1950s to 1960s. the book profiles scholars such as Johnnetta B. Cole, James Lowell Gibbs Jr., and Diane K. Lewis.

About Erica Lorraine Williams, Ph.D.

Spelman Sociology Chair Erica WilliamsDr. Williams' 2013 book "Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements," which explores the connection between culture and sex tourism among those of Afro-Brazilian descent and foreigners in Bahia, won the National Women’s Studies Association/ University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. 

In addition to being chair of Spelman's Department of Sociology and Anthropology and faculty co-director of the Summer Study Abroad Program in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Dr. Williams teaches a number of courses including “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology,” “Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality,” “Feminist Ethnography,”  “Gender, Transnationalism, and Human Rights in a Global Context” and “Race and Identity in Latin America.”

Dr. Williams earned her Ph.D and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University, and her B.A. in Anthropology and Africana Studies from New York University. Her research has focused on the cultural and sexual politics of the transnational tourism industry in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.; and she has published articles in Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, Policing Pleasure: Global Reflections on Sex Work and Public Policy (Kelly and Dewey 2011);Taking Risks: Feminist Stories of Social Justice Research in the Americas (Shayne, ed. 2014), the Encyclopedia of Globalization (2012), and The Feminist Wire. She is currently embarking on a new research project on Afro-Brazilian feminist activism in northeastern Brazil.