Williams' research focuses on race/ethnicity and the carceral continuum across prisons and public spaces. Overarching themes in Williams' writings include discipline, punishment, discretion, and resistance in relation to marginalized groups. Williams serves as Steering Committee Member for the No More Tears violence-prevention program at San Quentin State Prison.
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Details the dangerous consequences of the discretionary power that California state prison staff wield over incarcerated people through the use and threat of solitary confinement.
Book review of "Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice" (2019) that argues for the need to include interdisciplinary approaches to the study of criminal (in)justice.
Book essay of Saidiya Hartman's "Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments" that problematizes how sociologists discuss Blackness and deviance.
Discusses the Afrikan Black Coalition and their efforts to divest from private prisons.
Argues, based on the Peoples' Health Charter, that the National Health Insurance alone is not enough to fix health disparities in South Africa if the commodifications of healthcare and the alienation of rural and unpaid healthcare workers is not first addressed.