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Deadric T. Williams

Joint Faculty Associate Professor /Associate Professor of Sociology  


Deadric Williams’ research is organized around two general themes: (1) racism and families and (2) stress, couples’ relationships, and health. His research on racism and families uses Critical Race Theory as a theoretical perspective to challenge conventional sociological research on racial economic inequality among families. His second line of research examines stress and health as a longitudinal and dyadic process among couples. Deadric’s research has been published in outlets such as Issues in Race & Society, Journal of African American Studies, Personal Relationships, Society & Mental Health, American Journal of Human Biology, Population Research and Policy Review among others.

Deadric Williams is an associate professor of sociology.  


Interest Areas

  • Race & Racism
  • Black Families
  • Poverty & Material Hardship
  • Stress & Health
  • Quantitative Methods (longitudinal and dyadic analyses)


Ph.D. 2014 University of Nebraska

Curriculum Vitae


Peer-review journals

  • Williams, Deadric T. and Armon R. Perry. Forthcoming 2020. “More than Just Incarceration: Law Enforcement Contact and Black Fathers' Familial Relationships.” Issues in Race & Society
  • Williams, Deadric T. and Gilbert R. Parra. 2019. “The Longitudinal and Bidirectional Association between Parenting Stress & Couples’ Relationship Quality.” Personal Relationships 26: 713-732
  • Williams, Deadric T. 2019. “A Call to Focus on Racial Domination and Oppression: A Response to ‘Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Poverty and Affluence, 1959-2015.” Population Research and Policy Review 38: 655–663
  • Williams, Deadric. T., Marissa Cardwell*, & Laura Simon. 2019. “Black Intimacies Matter: How Cumulative Risk, Family Status, and Gender Shapes Relationship Quality among Black Parents.” Journal of African American Studies 23: 1-17.

Book Chapters

  • Williams, Deadric T. forthcoming. “Rethinking Black Families in Poverty: Postcolonial Critiques and Critical Race Possibilities” in Introduction to Africana Demography: Lessons from Founders E. Franklin Frazier, W.E.B. Du Bois and the Atlanta School of Sociology. Editor: Lori L. Martin.
  • Williams, Deadric. T., Bridget Goosby, and Jacob E. Cheadle. Forthcoming. “Stress Related Biomarkers Methods in Family Research.” in Sourcebook on Family Theories and Methodologies. Editors: Kari Adamsons, April Few-Demo, Chris Proulx, and Kevin Roy.

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