Brittany M. Williams, PhD
Brittany M. Williams, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at St. Cloud State University. Originally from Southwest Atlanta, Georgia, Williams obtained her Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and holds her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and Teachers College-Columbia University in New York City, respectively. She is a proud product of Atlanta Public Schools.
Williams’ research examines three major areas: 1) higher education finance with an emphasis on social class inequalities and their impact on higher education access and completion; (2) workplace retention and human resource concerns anchored in an analysis of structural inequities and (in)effective supervisory leadership; and (3) campus and community public health policy, outcomes, inequities, with a specific focus on HIV/AIDS in college contexts. She broaches these areas of inquiry using critical, identity-conscious approached, and most commonly explores their impacts on first-generation college students, Black women, and low-income students. Williams further examines her work across the PK-20+ educational spectrums in an effort to disrupt the current divide between secondary and post-secondary scholarship.
Williams recently served as an inaugural Writer-in-Residence with Teach for America. Her personal and professional advocacy, have been featured in and by the White House Initiative on HBCUs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Public Radio (NPR), the National Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), One Day Studio (ODS), the National Minority Aids Council (NMAC) and in a host of academic journals.