Ph.D., Brandeis Univ. (1995)
M.A., Brandeis Univ. (1990)
M.A., Univ. of Arkansas (1986)
B.A., Ouachita Baptist Univ. (1984)
Johnny E. Williams is the author of African-American Religion
and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas (University Press of Mississippi
2003) which examines the role of religious culture in motivating civil rights
protest among African-Americans. He is the author of numerous articles examining culture’s role in politics, social movement mobilization and scientific
He has two forthcoming books: Decoding Racial Ideology in
Genomics (Lexington Press 2013) examines the complex role racialized culture plays in delimiting how genome researchers think about human genetic variation; The Persistence of White Sociology (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) investigating how conventional sociology as a theory, method and ideology functions to ensure the viability of systemic racism.
His commentary is featured in media outlets such as Black Agenda Report, Racism Review, CounterPunch, Ctnewsjunkie.com and The Mark News (Toronto, Canada).