- Ph.D. in Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
- B.A. in Political Science and in History, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
I teach a range of political science courses at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC. My initial graduate school specialization focused on political theory, especially modern, contemporary, and critical theories. After receiving my Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University (1993), I taught at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC (1993-2004).
As regards my research foci, I typically have engaged in meta-theoretical analyses, addressing the assumptions and implications that underpin the social and political theories themselves. Over the last few years I have concentrated my scholarship on environmental justice, the spatiality of politics, and the Internet and cyber-politics. Inspiring my recent research efforts are the philosophical dimensions of W.E.B. Du Bois’s thought, especially as they relate to social inquiry. I am especially intrigued by what can be construed as his idea of a critical social science. The intellectual context of Du Bois’s era, including its many and varied thinkers and their works, also interests me.
Journal Publications (Peer-Reviewed)
- 2019. “M.L. King’s Abiding Tribute to W.E.B. Du Bois: Research, Activism, and the Unknowable.” Phylon, 56:1 (Summer): 134-155.
- 2014. “Embracing Philosophy: On Du Bois’s ‘The Individual and Social Conscience’.” Phylon, 51:1 (Fall): 42-56.
- 2012. Williams, R.W. & W.E.B. Du Bois [Primary source]. “‘The Sacred Unity in All the Diversity’: The Text and a Thematic Analysis of W.E.B. Du Bois’s ‘The Individual and Social Conscience’ (1905).” Journal of African American Studies, 16:3 (September): 456-497.
- 2010. “Politics, Rights, and Spatiality in W.E.B. Du Bois’s ‘Address to the Country’ (1906)”. Journal of African American Studies, 14:3 (September): 337-358.
- 2009. “Paradoxes of the South in W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk.” Mississippi Quarterly, 62:1-2 (Winter-Spring): 71-94.
- 2008. “Night Spaces: Darkness, Deterritorialization, and Social Control.” Space and Culture, 11:4 (November): 514-532.
- 2006-7. “Political Legitimacy and the Dynamics of Anti-Nuclear Protest in America.” Online at EnterText, 6:3 (Winter).
- 2006. “Democracy, Cyberspace, and the Body.” Online at Cultural Logic, Vol. 9.
- 2006. “The Early Social Science of W.E.B. Du Bois.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 3:2 (September): 365-394.
- 2005. “W.E.B. Du Bois and His Social-Scientific Research: A Review of Online Texts.” Online at Sociation Today, 3:2 (Fall). [Journal of the North Carolina Sociological Association].
- 2005. “Getting to the Heart of Environmental Injustice: Social Science and Its Boundaries.” Online at Theory & Science, 6:1 (Summer).
- 2005. “Politics and Self in the Age of Digital Re(pro)ducibility.” Online at Fast Capitalism, 1:1.
- 2004. “W.E.B. Du Bois and the Socio-Political Structures of Education.” The Negro Educational Review, 55:1 (January): 9-26.
- 2003. “Terrorism, Anti-Terrorism, and the Normative Boundaries of the U.S. Polity: The Spatiality of Politics after 11 September 2001.” Space and Polity, 7:3 (December): 273-292.
- 1999. “The Contested Terrain of Environmental Justice Research: Community as a Unit of Analysis.” Social Science Journal, 36:2: 313-328.
- 1999. “Environmental Injustice in America and Its Politics of Scale.” Political Geography, 18:1 (January): 49-74.
- 1998. “Hegemony and Resistance: Toward a Research Agenda for Cultural Politics.” Midsouth Political Science Review, vol. 2; pp. 73-93.
- 1997. “Intergovernmental Conflict Over Emergency Planning: The Politics of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant.” Polity, 30:2 (Winter): 285-314.
- 2019. “The Digital Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois in the Internet Age.” Pp.267-294 in Citizen of the World: The Late Career and Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois, ed. by Phillip Luke Sinitiere. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.
- 2018. “A Democracy of Differences: Knowledge and the Unknowable in Du Bois’s Theory of Democratic Governance.” Pp.181-203 in A Political Companion to W.E.B. Du Bois, ed. by Nick Bromell. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.
- 2018. “Of Knowledge and Social Critique: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Metaphor of the Tower.” Pp.111-131 in W.E.B. Du Bois and the Africana Rhetoric of Dealienation, ed. by Monique Leslie Akassi. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- 2014. “W. E. B. Du Bois and Positive Propaganda: A Philosophical Prelude to His Editorship of The Crisis.” Pp.16-27 in Amy Helene Kirschke & Phillip Luke Sinitiere (Eds.), Protest and Propaganda: W. E. B. Du Bois, the Crisis, and American History (Columbia: University of Missouri Press).
- 2010. “Night Spaces”. Pp.566-568 in E. Ray Hutchison (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, Vol. 2 (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications).
- 2009. “Atlanta University School of Sociological Research”. Pp.37-40 in Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Race and Crime (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications).