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Hettie Williams, ABD

Lecturer in African American History

ABD, Drew University

MA, Drew University

MA, Monmouth University

Office: Howard Hall , Room 329

Phone: 732-263-5703


Web site: Hettie Williams

Regularly Taught Courses:

The History of African Americans

U.S. History I and II

American Popular Culture in the 1960s

Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance

The Civil Rights Movement

Readings in African American Intellectual History

African Diaspora in the Americas

Western Civilization in World Perspective I and II

Urban Legends

Introduction to Gender Studies

Spike Lee & the Black Aesthetic


Hettie V. Williams has a B.A., History, Rowan University, M.A. History, Monmouth University, M.A., History and Culture, Drew University, and she is currently ABD at Drew University. She has taught as a full-time lecturer in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University for more than a decade. Her areas of teaching and research include American intellectual history, women's/gender history, and cultural studies with an emphasis on race. She is the author/editor of four books, several encyclopedia entries, book chapters, and conference papers and also a regular contributor for The Huffington Post . Hettie has taught at the college level for fifteen years. Her latest book is a forthcoming edited volume entitled Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History (Praeger, 2017).

Selected Works:


Race and the Obama PhenomenonWilliams, Hettie V., and G. Reginald Daniel, (eds.).   Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2014.





Converging IdentitiesWilliams, Hettie V., and Julius O. Adekunle, (eds.) Converging Identities: Blackness in the ModernAfrican Diaspora. African World Series Edited by Toyin Falola. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013.





   We Shall OvercomeWilliams, Hettie V. We Shall Overcome,To We Shall Overrun: The Collapse of the Civil rights Movement and the Black Power Revolt, 1962-1968. Lanham, NC: University Press of America, 2009.





Book chapters:

Williams, Hettie V. "In Pursuit of Self: The Identity of an American President and Cosmopolitanism." In Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More PerfectMultiracial Union edited by G. Reginald Daniel and Hettie V. Williams. University Press of Mississippi, (forthcoming) 2014.

Williams, Hettie V. "Black Like Who? The Identity of an American President." In Converging Identities:Blackness in the Modern African Diaspora . edited by Julius Adekunle and Hettie V. Williams in the African World Series Edited by Toyin Falola. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2013.

Williams, Hettie V. "Black No More: Race and Race Science in Contemporary America." In Color Struck:Essays on Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective. edited by Julius O. Adekunle, Lanham; MD: University Press of America, 2010.

Presentations/Invited Talks:

Invited Paper, “The Georgia of the North: Black Professionals and the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey,” New England Historical Association Annual Conference, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 25-26 April 2014.

Invited Paper, "Call Us By Our Name:" Black Women Claiming Voice and the Divine in American History and Culture," Ways of Knowing Conference at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 25-26 October 2013.

Invited Paper, "The Identity of an American President and Cosmopolitanism," International Journal of Arts & Sciences Conference for Academic Disciplines, Harvard University Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 26-30 May 2013.

Invited Paper, "Land of Peril and Promise: A Survey of the Civil Rights Activities of the Black Professional Class in New Jersey, 1909-1949," The Sixties at Fifty Conference, Boston University Graduate Student and Political History Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 22-23 March, 2013.


Williams, Hettie V. Black Identity in the African Diaspora. McFarland & Company, Inc. (forthcoming, 2015).

Williams, Hettie V. ed. "Lifting as We Climb":   Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History . Praeger, (forthcoming, 2016)