Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors
English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics
California State University, Fullerton
Bonnie Williams earned her doctorate in rhetoric and composition from Michigan State University. Her research focus is on critical studies in literacy and pedagogy. In addition to her scholarship and teaching, she has experience and training in administering a writing program.
Her research centers on issues in composition studies, including: theorizing African American literate and rhetorical traditions; understanding the intersections of gender and language in relationship to black female discursive practices; applying the perspectives from critical race studies and culturally relevant pedagogy to issues of teaching and learning; and highlighting new pedagogical approaches to literacy which underscore the importance of carving out space for the cultivation and support of students’ lived experiences and literacy traditions as essential aspects to empowering writing instruction.