Vitae

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APPOINTMENTS
2017-present Susquehanna University

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
2015-present Texas A&M University

Research Associate, Center on Conflict and Development

 

EDUCATION

2017 Texas A&M University

Ph.D. in Sociology, Specialization in Race, Media, & Culture

Dissertation: Theorizing Black Community Online: Of Black Mind, Self, and Society

 

2012 Texas A&M University

B.A. in American Studies

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Technology, Digital Media, Race, Intersectionality, Community, Televised Media, Global Media, Social Theory, Immigration, Collective Behavior, Embodiment, Digital Inequality

 

BOOKS

 
Forthcoming Laura Robinson, Gabe Ignatow, Apryl Williams, Jeremy Schulz, Anne Holohan, and Michael Stern. Under contract for publication in 2018. Studying Digital Publics. Sage.
Edited Books  
Forthcoming Apryl Williams, Ruth Tsuria & Laura Robinson. (Eds.) Power, Media & Everyday Life: Expanding the Intersectional. In Emerald Studies in Media and Communications: Communication and Information Technologies Annual.

 

Forthcoming Laura Robinson, John Baldwin, Heloisa Pait, Jeremy Schulz, Apryl Williams, Jenny Davis, and Gabe Ignatow (Eds.) Theorizing the Digital: Social Theory & Digital Culture. In Emerald Studies in Media and Communications: Communication and Information Technologies Annual.
July 2017 Laura Robinson, Jeremy Schulz, Apryl Williams, Pedro Aguiar, John Baldwin, Antonio C. La Pastina, Monica Martinez, Sonia Virgnia Moreiro, Heloisa Pait, and Joseph Straubhaar  (Eds.) Brazil: Media from the Country of the Future. In Emerald Studies in Media and Communications: Communication and Information Technologies Annual.
March 2016 Laura Robinson, Jeremy Schulz, Shelia R. Cotton, Timothy M. Hale, Apryl Williams, & Joy Hightower. (Eds.) New Media Cultures. In Emerald Studies in Media and Communications: Communication and Information Technologies Annual.
November 2015 Laura Robinson, Shelia R Cotton, Jeremy Schulz, Timothy M. Hale & Apryl Williams. (Eds.) Digital Distinctions & Inequalities. In Emerald Studies in Media and Communications: Communication and Information Technologies Annual.
 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

July 2017 Ben Tkach & Apryl Williams (co-first authorship). “Mobile (In)security? Exploring the Realities of Mobile Phone Use in Conflict Areas” Information, Communication & Society
April 2017 Williams, Apryl & Vanessa Gonlin. “I Got All My Sisters with Me (on Black Twitter) Second Screening of How to Get Away With Murder as a Discourse on Black Womanhood” Information, Communication & Society
February 2017 Williams, Apryl. “Fat People of Color: Creating Counter-narratives Online” Social Sciences. 
November 2016 Williams, Apryl. “On Thursdays We Watch Scandal | Reflections of IRL Community Ties on Black Twitter” Digital Sociologies, (Jessie Daniels et al. eds.)
March 2016 Williams, Apryl. “You’ve Been Catfished | An Analysis of Postemotionalism in ‘Reality’ Television and Audience Response on Twitter” Emerald Studies in Media and Communication
May 2015 Williams, Apryl & Beatriz Aldana Marquez. “The Lonely Selfie King: Selfies and the Conspicuous Prosumption of Gender and Race” International Journal of Communication
 

JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE EDITORSHIP

Forthcoming Apryl Williams & Monica Prince. Special Issue Guest Editor: Black Womanhood: Representation in American Media and Popular Culture in Arts
April 2017 Daniels, Jessie., Apryl Williams & Shantel Buggs. Special Issue Guest Editors: Communication Information Technologies and Media Sociology Section (ASA) in Information, Communication & Society
March 2015 Robinson, Laura & Apryl Williams. Special Issue Guest Editors: Communication Information Technologies and Media Sociology Section (ASA) in Information, Communication & Society
 

INVITED BOOK CHAPTER

Forthcoming Mueller, Jennifer C., Apryl Williams and Danielle Dirks. “Racism and Popular Culture.” Updated chapter invited for publication in Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations, 10thAnniversary edition, edited by Pinar Batur and Joe Feagin. New York: Springer.
 

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Under Review Miller, Gabe., Apryl Williams, Guadalupe Marquez & Verna M. Keith. “Black Social Media Use and Discrimination: Sites of Oppression and Expression”
In Preparation Williams, Apryl. “Emotion Work and Racial Reconciliation in a Primarily White Evangelical Facebook Group”
In Preparation Williams, Apryl & Ben Tkach. “Choosing Sides: Using WhatsApp as a tool for organizing Resistance”
 

BOOK REVIEWS

November 2015 Williams, Apryl. “Race, gender, and deviance in Xbox live: Theoretical perspectives from the virtual margins” New Media & Society.
October 2015 Williams, Apryl. “Media Sociology: A Reappraisal” Information, Communication & Society.
PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP
“Orange is the New White: White Writers and Black Trauma.” Cyborgology. The Society Pages. https://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2017/06/07/orange-is-the-new-white/
“#ENDITMOVEMENT: Social Media Activism, without Action.” Racism Review: Scholarship and Activism Toward Racial Justice. http://www.racismreview.com/blog/2014/03/01/enditmovement-social-media-activism-without-action/
“#BLACKTWITTER: A Networked Cultural Identity.” The Ripple Effect – Harmony Institute.
“Identity in Flux: Social Media and Social Movements.” The Ripple Effect – Harmony Institute.
 

SELECTED ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

2018  “Media, Power, and Conspicuous Charity in International Development.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA.
2016 “Calling for Intersectionality in Theory and Practice: An Interactive Discussion on Gender, Race, Religion and More.” National Communication Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA.
2016 “On Thursdays We Watch Scandal | Reflections of IRL Community Ties on Black Twitter.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Collective Action Panel, Seattle, WA.
2016 “I Got All My Sisters with Me (on Black Twitter) Second Screening of How to Get Away With Murder as a Technocultural Discourse on Black Womanhood.” with Vanessa Gonlin. Media Sociology Preconference.  Seattle, WA
2016 “Digital Media as Resistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” USAID Global Development Lab Annual Convention. Boston, MA.
2015 “Access and Use of Mobile Phones in DRC.” Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide. Phoenix, AZ.
2015 “Exploring ICT use in Conflict Zones: the DRC.” Global Development Lab & the Howard G. Buffet Foundation. Washington D.C.
2015 “Fat People of Color: Creating Counter-Narratives Online.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL.
2015 “Fat People of Color: Creating Counter-Narratives Online.” Theorizing the Web 2015.  New York, NY.
2015 “The Lonely Selfie King: Gender Performance through Conspicuous Selfie Prosumption” with Beatriz Aldana Marquez. Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO.
2014 “You’ve Been Catfished | An Analysis of Postemotionalism in “Reality” Television and Audience Response on Twitter.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.
2014 “Selfies & Race: Digital Divergence.” Theorizing the Web 2014. Brooklyn, NY.
2013 “The Truth About Argo: America’s Involvement in Iran’s Downfall.” Social Science History Association Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Susquehanna University

Black Feminism (Fall 2018)

Qualitative Methods (Spring 2018)

Principles of Sociology (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018)

Intersctional Social Movements (Fall 2017)

Texas A&M University

Introduction to Race & Ethnicity (Summer 2016, 2017)

Classical Social Theory (Spring 2017)

Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2016)

Contemporary Social Theory (Spring 2016, 2015)

 

INVITED TALKS

Princeton University (Spring 2017)

Center for Information and Technology Policy: “Gender-based violence and safety in IT design”

Johnson C. Smith University (Fall 2016)

Research Colloquium: “Digital Research Methods & Race”

Santa Clara University (Spring 2016)

Sociology Department Sponsored Campus Talk: “Representations of Race in Reality Television”

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2015-present Qualitative Data Collection & Analysis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
2014 International Digital Research Methods Workshop, Black Forest, Germany
2013-2014 Qualitative Data Collection in New York, Texas, Maryland, California
2013 Research Assistant, U.S. vs. Michael Smith
2013 Research Intern, Harmony Institute, NYC
2010-2011 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Texas A&M Anthro Collections Lab
 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2016 Ruth Schaffer “Best Graduate Student Paper” Award, Texas A&M University, $1,000
2015 USAID Global Development Lab & Buffet Foundation Research Grant, $8,000
2012-2015 Diversity Fellowship, Texas A&M University
2015 Research Related Travel Funds, Texas A&M University, $6,000
2014 International Research Travel Grant, Texas A&M University, $3,500
2013 Research Related Travel Funds, Texas A&M University $5,000
 

SERVICE

2015-2019 Organizing Committee: Theorizing the Web Conference
2018 Organizer. Media Sociology Pre-Conference Plenary.
2017 Co-Organizer Media Sociology Pre-Conference Panel. “Intersectionality in Media Sociology: Where to next?” Montreal, Canada.
2016-2017 Graduate Student Representative: Communication Information Technologies and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS)
2015-2017 Series Associate Editor: Emerald Studies in Media and Communications
2014-2016 Peer Reviewer: Social Media & Society, Information Communication & Society, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and New Media & Society
2014-2016 Communications Committee Officer: Communication Information Technologies and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS)
2014-2016 Web Editor: Communication Information Technologies and Media Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS)