B.A. History and Anthropology, Georgia State University, 6/1970
M.A. History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 6/1972
Ph.D. History and Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 8/1974
Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History
Fulbright Visiting Professor of American Studies, Gadjah Mada University, in Indonesia, 6/1/1987-8/1/1988
Assistant to Associate Professor of History, University of Cincinnati, 8/1/1974-8/1/1984
Visiting Professor, American Indian Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles, 1/1/1981-6/1/1984
Description of Research
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Professor Williams researches homosexual subcultures and gender variance in the United States, especially among Native Americans and Asian Americans, and in Asia-Pacific nations, with particular interest in Indonesia, Polynesia, Thailand, and China. He does research on the history and anthropology of the gay and lesbian rights movement, and on transgender liberation. Professor Williams emphasizes applied research in his studies that help to reduce anti-gay and anti-transgender prejudice. His applied medical anthropology research provides multi-cultural strategies to assist in the reduction of transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted disease infections.
(Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1974) American Indian ethnohistory; American Civil War-Reconstruction; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender history; history of Indonesia and Thailand.
Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, former president,http://onearchives.org
Book Williams, W. L., Johnson, T. (2006). Two Spirits: A Story of Life with the Navajo. Two Spirits: A Story of Life with the Navajo/Lethe Press.
Williams, W. L., Retter, Y. (2003). Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States: A Documentary History. Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States: A Documentary History/Greenwood Press.
Williams, W. L., Sears, J. T. (1997). Overcoming Heterosexism and Homophobia: Strategies that Work. New York: Overcoming Heterosexism and Homophobia: Strategies that Work/Columbia University Press.
Williams, W. L. (1995). Kehidupan Orang Jawa. Jakarta, Indonesia: Kehidupan Orang Jawa/Pustaka Binaman Press. Legg, W., Williams, W. L. (1994). Homophile Studies in Theory and Practice. Los Angeles: Homophile Studies in Theory and Practice/ONE Institute Press.
Williams, W. L. (1992). The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture 2nd revised edition. Boston, MA: The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture 2nd revised edition/Beacon Press.
Williams, W. L. (1991). Javanese Lives: Women and Men in Modern Indonesian Society. Javanese Lives: Women and Men in Modern Indonesian Society/Rutgers.
Williams, W. L. (1984). Indian Leadership. Manhattan, Kansas: Indian Leadership/Sunflower University Press.
Williams, W. L. (1982). Black Americans and the Evangelization of Africa. Madison: Black Americans and the Evangelization of Africa/University of Wisconsin Press.
Williams, W. L. (1981). Southeastern Indians Since the Removal Era. Athens: Southeastern Indians Since the Removal Era/University of Georgia Press.
Williams, W. L. (2004). "Categorizing Sex: An Interview with Walter Williams". The Sexuality and Society Reader/Allyn and Bacon.
Williams, W. L. (2004). "The Berdache Tradition". pp. p.135-140. Boston, MA: Annual Editions: Anthropology/McGraw-Hill.
Honors and Awards
Chosen as one of the "Ten Most Influential Professors at the University of Southern California" by the students of the USC chapter of Kappa Alpha Thet, 2006
The Gandhi King Ikeda Award in Human Rights, presented by the Gandhi Institute for Reconciliation, Morehouse College, for outstanding efforts to establish justice for all humankind, 2006
USC General Education Outstanding Teaching Award, 2006
The Teaching Has No Boundaries Award, for work with USC students in doing research at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and with the International Gay and Lesbian Review, and serving as a role model for gay and lesbian students. Presented by the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, 2004
Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education, Presented at the American Bookseller Annual Convention, by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, 1999
Commendation Certificate, Los Angeles City Council, for leadership in developing Gay and Lesbian Studies and for leadership in ONE Institute International Gay and Lesbian Archives, 1996
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Big Splash Award, for leadership in affiliating the ONE Institute International Gay and Lesbian Archives to USC. Presented by the USC Program for the Study of Women and Men in Society, 1995
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, PROACT Award for Courage and Conviction in Areas of Diversity. For teaching, research and activism in reducing prejudice. Presented by the USC Office of Religious Life, 1993
Fulbright Award, Fulbright Research Fellowship in Indonesia, 1987-1988
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Award for one of the, 1987
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Award for the Most Outstanding Scholarly Book Published in 1985 and 1986. Presented by the World Congress for Sexology, meeting in Heidelberg Germany, 1987
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Ruth Benedict Award for Excellence in Research. Presented at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting, 1986
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Research fellowship, 1983
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Faculty Fellowship, 1980
Newberry Library Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1978
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Research Fellowship, 1977
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellowship, 1970
Service to the Profession
Editorships and Editorial Boards
Editor, International Gay and Lesbian Review, 1997-2006:
WALTER L. WILLLIAMS continues to serve as Founding Editor for the “INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN REVIEW” www.gaybookreviews.info online.
With ONE’s librarian Yolanda Retter, he published “Gay and Lesbian Rights in the United States: A Documentary History” (Greenwood Press, 2003). He has a new book, with Toby Johnson, titled “Two Spirits: A Story of Life With the Navajos” ( forthcoming from Lethe Press). This is his tenth book.