Dr. Sherri Williams

At the intersection of social media, social justice, reality television, mass media and how people of color use and are represented by these mediums is where you’ll find Dr. Sherri Williams, an assistant professor in race, media and communication at American University. Williams has a particular interest in how black people's use of social media is changing social justice and the entertainment industry, especially television. She is also interested in and studies how marginalized people, especially black women, are represented in the media. National media outlets including CNN, USA Today, Smithsonian Magazine, Vice and the Atlanta Journal Constitution interviewed Williams for her social media expertise. She was also named one of NBC BLK'S fierce black feminists you should know.

For almost two decades Williams traveled to unfamiliar places to deliver stories that matter. Whether she stood in the middle of a Ku Klux Klan rally in Mississippi, a hostage situation at a hotel, the rural countryside of South Africa or the streets of Cuba – Williams transported readers to new places and introduced them to interesting people.

Williams’ career as a print journalist started in 1999 at the Associated Press’ Jackson, Mississippi. bureau. She is interested in producing stories about social justice, media representations, health disparities and issues related to the rights of women, the working class and LGBT people. Williams is passionate about preparing the next generation of reporters and led many media workshops when she was a reporter long before she became a professor. Williams is evolving with the nation and the industry. She remains committed to journalism.

Dr. Sherri Williams

Dr. Williams is a veteran journalist who is transitioning into academia, As a professor and media researcher Williams' work focuses on how marginalized groups, especially women of color, are portrayed in the media. As a public speaker she addresses inequity and exclusion of marginalized people including women, people of color and LGBT people and how that is manifested in media representations.


Williams started her journalism career in 1999 in the Jackson, Mississippi bureau of the Associated Press. She worked as a print reporter for 10 years in three different newsrooms and covered a variety beats including courts, social services, education, pop culture/youth culture and performing arts and marginalized communities. She still contributes to national media outlets, Her work appeared in Self,, NBC BLK, Ebony, Essence, Heart & Soul and Upscale magazines.


Williams teaches journalism and storytelling classes as well as courses that examines the ways in which race, gender, class and sexual identity are portrayed in the media. Past courses she taught include Introduction to News Writing; Race, Gender and Media; Rhetoric of Social Activism; Intersectional Multimedia Storytelling; Contemporary Television Industry Operations and Introduction to Women's Studies.


Williams is a public speaker who is also a media scholar/researcher and veteran journalist who studies portrayals of people of color in mass media including social media and black social TV. Williams explores how media upholds oppression. She is available to speak on a myriad of issues including media representation, social media, journalism, feminism and women's issues, social justice and mental health in the black community.