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Associate Professor
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College of Education
Dr. Williams is the Assistant Director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. Dr. Williams will be on sabbatical for the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Williams has expertise in grant writing, as well as school-based interventions and programs.
Courses Taught 
ICSE 201 | History and Culture of Ethnic Groups in America
ICSE 329E | The Oral Tradition and the Inner City Community
ICSE 329F | Contemporary Issues in the Inner City [Youth Organizing Activism]
ICSE 329H | Inner City Development
ICSE 329V | Elite Theory and American Democracy
Research Interests 
Cultural interventions aimed at reducing high-risk behaviors among youth in school settings; Qualitative research design and methodology

Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences | University of Illinois-Chicago, 2004

Dissertation Research - Cultural intervention and perceptions of violence-related behaviors: A Role Strain and Adaptation Study of Adolescents

M.A. in Inner City Studies Education | Northeastern Illinois University, 1995

B.A. in Applied Behavioral Science | National-Louis University, 1994

Selected Publications 

Williams, L. & Bowman, P (In Progress). Re-Tooling Urban Youth for Adaptive Coping (working title).

Williams, L. (2013). Retooling Young Men of Color for Success in School Settings: A Cultural Toolkit Model for School Counselors. Transforming the Educational Experience of Young Men of Color: School Counseling Series and the companion workbook. Volume IV, The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center. National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA). Washington, DC.

Moore, N & Williams, L.  (2011). The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang. Chicago, Illinois.  Lawrence Hills Books.

Mendenhall, R, Harwood, S, Williams, L et. al. (2011). Rethinking 21st Century Urban Transformations: Race and the Ecology of Violence. SBE 2020 Report Rebuilding the Mosaic. Washington, DC. National Science Foundation.

Williams, L. (2011). The Breaking Barriers Report. Chicago, IL. The African American Family Commission.

Williams, L. (2010). Community College Initiatives Focused on Advancing the Recruitment, Retention and Graduation Rates Among African American Males. Dallas, Texas. The President’s Roundtable.

Williams, L. (2010).  Cultural interventions for reducing violence among young, African American males.  In W. Johnson (Ed). Social Work with African-American Males.  New York, New York: Oxford University Press.

Williams, L. (2010).  Hip-hop as a site of public pedagogy.  In B. Schultz, J. Sandlin and J. Burdick  (Eds).  In Handbook of Public Pedagogy: Education and Learning beyond Schooling.  Routledge. 

Williams, L.  (2009). Culture & Perceptions of Violence-related Behaviors Among Adolescents: A Role Strain and Adaptation Model. Koln, Germany.  Lambert Publishing.

Williams, L.  & Alexis-Bivens, S. (2008).  The Father’s Toolkit: A Curriculum Guide for Reconnecting Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Fathers With Their Children.  Springfield, Illinois.  Illinois Department of Human Services.

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