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Kirsten T. Edwards Williams

Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair

Kirsten Edwards Williams

Department: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Program Area: Adult and Higher Education
Phone: 405-325-6832

Kirsten T. Edwards Williams is associate professor and associate department chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as core affiliate faculty for Women’s & Gender Studies and the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Her research merges philosophies of higher education, college curriculum, and pedagogy. More specifically, Dr. Williams is interested in the ways that socio-cultural identity and context influence teaching and learning in post-secondary education. Dr. Williams is a recipient of the OU Jeanine Rainbolt College of Education Patricia L. Hardré Graduate Mentoring Award, OU Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty Award, as well as the ACPA Coalition for Women’s Identities Research & Scholarship Award.  She is an elected member of the Professors of Curriculum.  She also serves on the Oklahoma State University Curriculum Studies Advisory Board. She serves nationally as the Equity and Inclusion Office for Division B-Curriculum Studies of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Dr. Williams is co-editor of Race, gender, and curriculum theorizing: Working in womanish ways, along with Denise Taliaferro Baszile and Nichole Guillory, as well as College curriculum at the crossroads: Women of color reflect and resist with Maria (Lupe) Davidson. She has published her research in various peer-reviewed venues such as Gender and Education, Race, Ethnicity, and Education; Urban Education; Innovative Higher Education; Souls:  A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society; the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing; the International Journal of Leadership in Education; and the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Additionally, she has been invited to deliver several addresses related to topics concerning women of color’s experiences with faith and religion on college campuses; womanist theology, identity politics and globalization; college curriculum and Black women scholars; and educational equity and access.

Dr. Williams earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Curriculum Theory in the Department of Educational Theory Policy and Practice at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She additionally holds a cognate in Women’s and Gender Studies.


Research Interests:

  • Faculty
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Equity and Access in Higher Education