Rhaisa Williams

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts
PhD, Performance Studies, Northwestern University
MA, Performance Studies, Northwestern University
BA, Africana Studies and English, University of Pennsylvania
research interests:
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Affect
  • Sexuality
  • Motherhood
  • Performance
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contact info:

office hours:

  • By Appointment

mailing address:

  • Washington University
  • CB 1108
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Rhaisa Kameela Williams engages performance studies, black feminism, and political theory to examine the intersections between black motherhood, desire, and freedom in the United States.

Rhaisa's work has been supported by the Ford and Mellon foundations, and has appeared in Callaloo and Transforming Anthropology. Currently, Williams is working on her book manuscript, which examines the social performances of black maternal grief and their mobilizations towards various political and performative ends. Her research interrogates archives within literature, personal family history, social policy, and print media.