Diana Williams

Assistant Professor of History

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

Personal Website

Description of Research

Research Specialties
19th Century North America; law; race; gender; sexuality
Detailed Statement of Research Interests

Diana Williams writes on the relationship of law (particularly civil and family 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 investigates the administration of Civil War widows' pensions as an epilogue to Reconstruction.

Honors and Awards

  • William Nelson Cromwell Dissertation Prize in American Legal History, 2008-2009   

Service to the University

  • 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  

  • Department of History
  • 3502 Trousdale Parkway
  • Social Sciences Building (SOS) 153
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90089-0034