Faculty


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
    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.


    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • 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  




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