Dr. Marcia WilliamsAdjunct Assistant Professor
Office: 351 Lalumiere Hall Phone: (414) 288-5437
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Dr. Marcia Williams’ received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2008.  Her areas of specialization are race, culture and education.

Teaching interests:

Principles of sociology, inequality, race and ethnic relations; African American social thoughts, experiences of oppression


Research interests:


Her work challenges cultural deficit explanations of the racial gap in academic achievement – which posit that under achievement among blacks’ stems from an oppositional identity that encourages poor performance in school.  Dr Williams’ dissertation, entitled, “Race, Identity and Education: An Ethnographic Study of Critical Student Agency In A Midwestern Elementary School” explores the culture of an elementary/middle school in which there was no racial gap in academic achievement. 












Contact the Department of
Social and Cultural Sciences

Lalumiere Language Hall, Room 340
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-6838 | Fax: (414) 288-6444