OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Rhonda Y. Williams

Portrait of Rhonda Y. Williams

Rhonda Y. Williams is the John L. Seigenthaler Chair in American History at Vanderbilt University. A historian of low-income black women's and marginalized people's experiences, everyday lives, politics, and social struggles, she is the author of Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century (2015) and the award-winning The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women's Struggles against Urban Inequality (2004). She is also a coeditor of two volumes, Women, Transnationalism, and Human Rights, a special issue of the Radical History Review (Spring 2008), and Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom's Bittersweet Song (2002). She is the founder and former director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University, where she also initiated and directed the postdoctoral fellowship in African American studies. She is a coeditor of the Justice, Power, and Politics book series at the University of North Carolina Press and is currently working on a book-length project on race, rights, and the culture of drugs from the 1930s to the "age of crack."

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