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Diana Williams

Assistant Professor of History

Contact Information
E-mail: diana.williams@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-9325
Office: SOS 277

LINKS
Personal Website
 

Education

M.A. English, Harvard University
Ph.D. History of American Civilization, Harvard University
M.A. History, University of California at Berkeley
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Diana Williams writes on the relationship of law (particularly civil law) and culture in North America; her work focuses on race, gender, and sexuality. She is completing a book that links the history of interracial marriage to changing definitions of U.S. citizenship in the nineteenth century. Her next project studies the relationship between history and legitimacy in the administration of Civil War Widows' Pensions at the turn of the century.
 

Research Keywords

Legal history, Marriage, Reconstruction, African American history, History of Women and Gender, New Orleans, Louisiana
 

Research Specialties

19th Century North America; law; race; gender; sexuality
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

American Studies and Ethnicity, Affiliate faculty, https://dornsife.usc.edu/ase/
Center for Law, History, and Culture, Steering Committee, http://lawweb.usc.edu/centers/clhc/home.htm
 
 

Honors and Awards

Professor of Color Recognition Award, Spring 2014   
 

Service to the University

Committees

Member, Gender Studies Advisory Board, 2010-  
Member, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Steering Committee, 2009-  
Member, Steering Committee, Center for Law, History, and Culture, 2009-  
Co-Chair, Library and Technology Committee, History Department, 2009-2011  
 
 
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