Yvonne Carter Williams


Dr. Yvonne Carter Williams

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Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished University Professor of Black Studies.

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; M.A., University of Connecticut; B.A., Pennsylvania State University.

By Dale Ricardo Shields



Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision

for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Dr. Yvonne C. Williams is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Black Studies at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio, where she was the founding Director of the Black Studies Program and subsequently, the Black Studies Department. Currently, she was also the Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished University Professor of Black Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Case Western Reserve University. Her primary research interests have been in the area of public policy implications of female criminality and currently are focused on Black women’s role in education and politics.

“Yvonne Williams has been a leader and role model for faculty members and administrators throughout the nation,” notes Neal Abraham, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at DePauw. “She founded one of the first black studies programs at a liberal arts college, guiding the development of a major and a department, mentoring faculty members and programs throughout the region, and providing wise academic leadership to the College of Wooster as Dean of the Faculty… She has provided wise counsel to many colleagues at DePauw, mentoring new faculty members, and contributing to the development of a new course, Introduction to Black Studies, and the approval by the faculty of a major in Black Studies. She has also organized the informative and provocative Boswell Symposia which have addressed such important issues of race and racial justice, the definition of Black Studies and its contributions to the Academy, and the relationship of racism and the media. These symposia have attracted speakers of national and international renown and have drawn broad student and faculty participation.”