Terrion Williamson is an associate professor of African American & African Studies and American Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she is also an affiliate faculty member in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching specializations include black feminist theory, twentieth and twenty-first century African American literature, black cultural studies, midwestern studies, and racialized gender violence. A native of Peoria, Illinois, she also serves as the founding director of the Black Midwest Initiative and is the editor of Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest (Belt Publishing, 2020). Her first book, Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, was published by Fordham University Press in 2017, and she is currently working on a book titled We Cannot Live Without Our Lives: Black Women, Serial Murder, and the American Midwest.
- Racialized gender violence
- Contemporary African-American literature
- Black cultural studies
- Midwestern studies
- Feminist theory