Terrion L Williamson

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Terrion Williamson is an associate professor of African American & African Studies and American Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she is also an affiliate faculty member in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching specializations include black feminist theory, twentieth and twenty-first century African American literature, black cultural studies, midwestern studies, and racialized gender violence. A native of Peoria, Illinois, she also serves as the founding director of the Black Midwest Initiative and is the editor of Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest (Belt Publishing, 2020). Her first book, Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, was published by Fordham University Press in 2017, and she is currently working on a book titled We Cannot Live Without Our Lives: Black Women, Serial Murder, and the American Midwest.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California.
  • M.A.: American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California.
  • J.D.: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • B.A.: African American Studies and English, University of Illinois at Chicago.


  • Black cultural studies
  • Contemporary African-American literature
  • Feminist theory
  • Midwestern studies
  • Racialized gender violence
Courses Taught
  • AFRO 1911: Blackness and Reality Television
  • AMST 3253W: American Popular Culture & Politics, 1940 to the present
  • AFRO/ENGL 3592W: Black Women Writers in the U.S.
  • AFRO/GWSS 4406: Black Feminist Thought
  • GWSS 8260: Race, Representation & Resistance
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies: African American & African Studies , 2019 - present
  • Director: Black Midwest Initiative , 2017 - present
  • Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest. Williamson, Terrion, Belt Publishing, Editor, 2020. Link
  • From Blaxploitation to Black Macho: The Angry Black Woman Comes of Age: Williamson, Terrion, Robert J. Patterson, University of Illinois Press, Black Cultural Production after Civil Rights, 183-201, 2019. Link
  • What Does That Make You? Public Narration and the Serial Murders of Black Women: Williamson, Terrion, Verso, Where Freedom Starts: Sex, Power, Violence, #MeToo: A Verso Report, 33-39, 2018. Link
  • Why Did They Die? On Comabee and the Serialization of Black Death: Williamson, Terrion, Souls, 19 328-41, July-September 2017. Link
  • Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life. Williamson, Terrion, Fordham University Press, Author, 2017. Link
  • Coming Up 'Down the Hill' on Peoria's South Side: Williamson, Terrion, Belt Magazine, 2016. Link
  • Bla(n)ckness and the Illogics of Black Teenage Motherhood: Williamson, Terrion, CR: The New Centennial Review, 16 97-122, Fall 2016. Link
  • Who Is Killing Us: Williamson, Terrion, State University of New York Press, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith , 65-71, 2014. Link
  • McKnight Presidential Fellow Award, University of Minnesota, 2019
  • IDEA Multicultural Research Award, University of Minnesota, 2019
  • Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University, 2016
  • Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant, Michigan State University, 2015
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Council, 2013
  • American Summer Research Publication Grant, American Association of University Women, 2012
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, National Research Council, 2009