Erika R. Williams specializes in modernist and contemporary African American literature, focusing on theories of race, gender, and sexuality; on formations of cultural and personal identity; and on intersections and tensions betwen aesthetics and politics.
Her review essay "Review of Those About Him Remained Silent by Amy Bass" was published in the November 2011 issue of Callaloo, and her critical essay "A Lie of Omission: Plagiarism in Nella Larsen's Quicksand" is forthcoming in African American Review. She is currently at work on a number of projects including an essay on the intersection of racial and transgender passing in Passing for Black, a contemporary work of popular fiction by Linda Villarosa, and a book project, Romancing Genre: Folklore, Mystery, and Fantasy in the Literary Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois.
Office: Walker 512
Current CoursesHonors Thesis (HS490)
Women Artists in Cultural Contexts (IN117)
Top: American Popular Culture (IN123)
Top: Americn Popular Culture (IN123)
Top: Civic Media in Action (IN123)
Top: Coming of Age (IN123)
Top: Communication Revolutions (IN123)
Top: Culture, Art & Soc Change (IN123)
Top: Ethics & Communication (IN123)
Top: Literature of Photography (IN123)
Top: Sci & Psych of Survival (IN123)
Top: Behind the Scenes: Media Makers and Media Making (IN123)
Top: Blood Rites - Explorations in Religion and Violence (IN123)
Top: Communication revolutions: Shaping your media future (IN123)
Key Contemporary Thinkers: DuBois (IN332)
Top: Harlem Renaissance (LI209)
Topics in Multicultural Literature (LI309)
"Lumens" light display
An Emerson student is causing smiles as students and visitors stare in amazement at his LED light display—all part of his honors thesis project—in the main foyer of the Little Building.
Displaying an inner sense of direction and responsibility that shows in their intellectual engagement when they first step foot on campus, Honors students are driven, creative individuals who bond as a close-knit community of learners.
Nigel C. Gibson
Director of the Honors Program