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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Twentieth-Century U.S. History - Gender Studies - African American Studies - U.S. Cultural Studies


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Personal profile

Research Interests

My research focuses on gender, race, power, popular culture, and crime in the twentieth-century United States. I am the author of Gendered Politics in the Modern South (2012) and Amazons in America (2019), and I am currently conducting research for a book on feminist pop culture in the American South.


I teach courses on the American South, gender politics in the United States, pop culture and protest, and Wonder Woman.

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Research Output

Saving the Life That Is Your Own: Southern Women Writers' Great Migrations

Williams, K., 06 Jan 2020, (Accepted) In : Southern Cultures.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Review, _Sex and Sexuality in Modern Southern Culture_, ed. Trent Brown,

Williams, K., 2018, Journal of Southern History.

Research output: Other contribution

Feminism, Infanticide, and Intersectionality in Victorian America

Williams, K., 2017, Bad Mothers: Representations, Regulation and Resistance. Miller, M. H., Hager, T. & Jaremko Bromwich, R. (eds.). Ontario, Canada: Demeter Press

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


Dibner Library Residential Scholar, Smithsonian Institution

Williams, Keira (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Eta Omicron Nu Honors Service Organization Faculty Appreciation Honoree

Williams, Keira (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Faculty Research Initiatives Fund

    Williams, Keira (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    Williams, Keira (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

    Fellow, Institute for Inclusive Excellence, Texas Tech University

    Williams, Keira (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    • 20 Oral presentation
    • 5 Invited talk
    • 2 Publication peer-review

    Vipers, Momarchies, and Midcentury American Mother-Blaming at the Movies

    Keira Williams (Presenter)

    18 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    "African Amazons in the White City"

    Keira Williams (Participant)

    20 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    "I Can't Go Back": Popular Southern Feminism at the End of the Twentieth Century

    Keira Williams (Presenter)

    Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    "The American Amazon: Wonder Woman in the 1940s"

    Keira Williams (Invited speaker)

    28 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    'Vanity Fair's Women on Women' Is a Missed Opportunity

    Keira Williams


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    A Matriarchal Moment in U.S. Politics?

    Keira Williams


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    Milkman Is a Rich Read about Violence and Silence

    Keira Williams


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other