Maya Williams joined the School of Social Work in 2021, after receiving her PhD in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
Williams has a particular interest in researching racial identity, social equity and policy reform for African American and Afro-Latin communities, where her work also considers the ramifications of skin-tone bias (colorism) and discrimination in African American communities. Her research emphasizes intersectionality by exploring the impact of race and gender on pre-adolescent girls in the United States.
Williams was a graduate research assistant on several projects at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied the power of intergroup dialogues, explored the Pay for Success model, and researched teacher discrimination and academic outcomes. She also planned and facilitated orientations for refugee and asylum seekers to ease their transition to the U.S., and instructed fitness courses for community members to address health and wellness concerns.
Williams received her master’s degree in social work from University of Texas at Austin and earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.