Brandy C. Williams

Williams Brandy
Cohort Year: 2020
Advisor(s): Noémie Ndiaye
Research Interests: Premodern critical race studies, Black feminist theory, early modern studies, performance studies, gender and sexuality studies
Education: M.A. English Literature and Language, University of Maryland, 2020; B.A. English/Literary Studies, Georgia State University, 2018


Brandy C. Williams (she/they) is a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Chicago. Their work centers on premodern critical race studies with an emphasis on Black feminist theory, particularly intersectionality. Brandy is additionally interested in feminist and antiracist pedagogy and looking at the ways that early modern English literature can offer insights into fostering compassion and empathy in literature and composition classrooms. Their goal is to cultivate classroom environments that empower and support students who belong to marginalized identity groups, particularly LGBTQ+ students of color.

They are also the senior content advisor for the podcast The Fall Line, a true-crime podcast amplifying cold cases of marginalized people in the southeastern U.S. Brandy can be reached on Twitter @brandycwill or at their personal website,