Erica Lorraine Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Spelman College. She earned her Ph.D and M.A. in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University, and her B.A. in Anthropology and Africana Studies from New York University. Her research has focused on the cultural and sexual politics of the transnational tourism industry in Salvador, Brazil.
Her first book, Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements (2013), won the National Women’s Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. Her current project explores Afro-Brazilian feminist activism in Northeast Brazil. Her work has been published in Feminist Studies, Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, Policing Pleasure: Global Reflections on Sex Work and Public Policy (Kelly and Dewey, eds., NYU Press, 2011); the Encyclopedia of Globalization, Ms. Magazine Blogs, The Feminist Wire, and Counterpunch.
She is Co-Director of a five-week summer study abroad program in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Her teaching interests include: Introduction to Anthropology, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality, Gender and Transnationalism, Sexual Economies, Race and Identity in Latin America, and African Diaspora and the World (ADW), and she received the Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.