Department of History

Joseph Williams

Ph.D. Student
Research Interests Twentieth century United States history, African American history, and the black freedom struggle.


Prior to joining Brown’s history department, I spent three years working for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) museum, the Civil Rights Memorial Center. I led a research project at the Center on racial violence during the civil rights era, using SPLC files from the 1980s to early 2000s and U.S. Department of Justice files relating to the Emmett Till Act.