Elizabeth Williams




Gender and Family, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Stratification and Inequality


Elizabeth (Eli) Williams' research focuses primarily on gender, sexuality, and social movements. For her master's thesis, she will be exploring transgender inclusion and exclusion in women's spaces, with a focus on the Women's March. Eli is preparing a book manuscript about the lesbian history of South Bend, Indiana. Before beginning graduate school, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College as a Study of Women and Gender major.  She earned a Masters in Leadership Studies from Meadville Lombard Theological School, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago.  Eli also served as Executive Director of The LGBTQ Center in South Bend, leading the organization through a pivotal moment of transformation.