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L. Susan Williams, Associate Professor of Sociology, specializes in crime, violence, and gender issues and is considered highly qualified in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. A unifying theme in her work centers on place as a driving force in life processes.
In Trying on Gender, Dr. Williams’ study of Connecticut girls broke ground by empirically documenting the effect of local community characteristics on life decisions of individual girls. She again produced innovative work in 2011, publishing Women at Work: Tupperware, Passion Parties, and Beyond, which elucidates a party plan economy that exploits while also holding transformative potential for relationships among women.
More recently, Dr. Williams’ research examines prison as a site of identity transition, further illuminating place as a critical element in defining individual life processes. She and her students have interviewed more than 70 inmates in four prison facilities. She is currently working on "Ghosts of the West Memphis Three;" her most recent article was published in The British Journal of Criminology (with Travis Linnemann and Laura Hanson), "With Scenes of Blood and Pain: Crime Control and the Punitive Imagination of the Meth Project."
Better known to her students as Dr. Sue, she teaches several courses on crime, gender, and justice, and has been awarded a host of teaching awards; most recently, she was recognized with the 2012 national excellence in teaching award by University & Professional Continuing Education Association. She offers several online courses that garner d considerable attention, including Study of Serial Murder, Death Penalty, and Crime, Media & Culture. Currently, Dr. Williams teaches distance courses BY distance, rotating between locations in Kansas, California, and Texas.
Dr. Williams directs several graduate students on projects such as the Tea Party Vs. Occupy Wall Street; Policing by Place; Stories by Fathers of Gay Sons; Gender and Geography; a Phenomenological Study of Class Leaders; Relevance of Parenting in Childhood and Future Romantic Relationship Quality; and Prison as an American Rite of Passage.