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Timeka N. Williams is a Rackham Merit Fellow and doctoral candidate in the Communication Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, Timeka also serves as an interdisciplinary graduate teaching consultant. She is the recipient of the Graduate Certificate in AfroAmerican and Diaspora Studies, and, the Mary Gardner Award for Graduate Research (AEJMC). She studies Black audiences throughout sites of the African Diaspora and focuses on questions of race, gender, and religion, as they converge around everyday media. Williams’ current work explores womanhood, meaning making, and self-making among Black women in the U.S. Her work appears in Interpreting Tyler Perry: Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (Routledge, forthcoming). She has given research presentations and guest lectures at conferences and programs around the world, including, the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), Mansfield College at Oxford University (UK), and the Syracuse University-sponsored Paris Noir Program (Paris, France).
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