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Linda Williams
Linda M. Williams, Ph.D. Professor Emerita


Violence against women, human trafficking, trauma & memory, research methods.

Research Interest

Sexual Violence and Violence Against Women; Human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children; Linkages between child abuse, running away, homelessness and delinquency; Research Methods and Human Subjects protection; Trauma and memory.

Educational Background

Ph.D.: Sociology (1979) University of Pennsylvania (Center for Studies in Criminology)
M.A.:  Sociology (1972) University of Pennsylvania
B.A.:   Sociology (1971) Beaver College


Dr. Williams’ research takes a life course perspective and relies on multiple methods including longitudinal designs and quantitative and qualitative methods. She studies interpersonal violence including human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children, violence against women in the military; the criminal careers of sex offenders and rapists, the consequences of sexual assault, and recall and memory of child sexual abuse. Her research has been funded by a number of federal grants and contracts from the National Institute of Mental Health, The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, The National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Department of the Navy, The U.S. Air Force, and, most recently from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  Dr Williams’ work is interdisciplinary and highly collaborative. In the 1980s she taught in Bermuda and worked on issues of social justice and prison reform while teaching courses in criminology and sociology. Dr Williams has been invited to speak at numerous conferences in the U.S. as well as internationally in South Africa, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Bermuda, the US Virgin Islands, Canada, and the Netherlands.

Select Publications:

Williams, L.M. & Herrera, V.M. (2007). Child Maltreatment and Adolescent Violence: Understanding Complex Connections.  Child Maltreatment, 12 (3): 203-207.

Williams, L.M. (2004).  Researcher-advocate collaborations to end violence against women: Toward liberating methodologies for action research.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence 19 (11): 1350-1357

Williams, L.M. (2003).  Understanding child abuse and violence against women:  A life-course perspective.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18 (4): 441-451.

Williams, L., & Banyard, V. (1998).  Trauma and Memory.  Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Jasinski, J., & Williams, L.M.  (1998). Partner Violence: A Comprehensive Review of 20 Years of Research.  Newbury Park, CA: Sage.