Hettie V. Williams


Lecturer, African American History

Monmouth University

Department of History and Anthropology

400 Cedar Avenue

West Long Branch, New Jersey






Ph.D. Candidate, History and Culture, Drew University, May, 2016

M.A., History and Culture, Drew University, 2014

M.A., History, Monmouth University, 2000

B.A., History, Rowan University, 1994


Teaching and Research Interests

African American Intellectual History; Gender in U.S. History; Race and Ethnicity in the African Diaspora


Courses Taught
U.S. History I
U.S. History II
The History of African Americans
Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance
The Civil Rights Movement
African Diaspora in the Americas
American Popular Culture in the 1960s
Readings in African American Intellectual History
Introduction to Gender Studies
Urban Legends
Spike Lee and the Black Aesthetic


Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union edited with G. Reginald Daniel (University Press of Mississippi, 2014)

Converging Identities: Blackness in the Modern African Diaspora edited with Julius Adekunle, A title in the African World Series, edited by Toyin Falola, (Carolina Academic Press, 2013)

About the African World Series:






Selected Public Presentations

Invited Paper,  “A Young Colored Girl’s Haven from Prejudice: The Montclair YWCA and the Black Intelligentsia in North Jersey, 1912-1946,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, 24-28 September, 2014.

Invited Paper, “The Georgia of the North: Black Professionals and the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey,” New England Historical Association Annual Conference, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 25-26 April 2014. 

Invited Paper, “Call Us By Our Name:” Black Women Claiming Voice and the Divine in American History and Culture,” Ways of Knowing Conference at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 25-26 October 2013.

Invited Paper, “The Identity of an American President and Cosmopolitanism,” International Journal of Arts & Sciences Conference for Academic Disciplines, Harvard University Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 26-30 May 2013.

Invited Paper, “Land of Peril and Promise: A Survey of the Civil Rights Activities of the Black Professional Class in New Jersey, 1909-1949,” The Sixties at Fifty Conference, Boston University Graduate Student and Political History Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 22-23 March, 2013.

Invited Paper,   “Shadow Dancer: African American Identity and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement,” Rothermere American Institute-Conference on U.S. Identity, Oxford University, Oxford, England, 9-11 November, 2006.