Wendy Williams is the Visiting Assistant Professor in the John V. Roach Honors College. She earned an M.A. in English at Baylor University and a Ph.D. in English and a Certificate of Women’s Studies at Texas Christian University.
In 2014, Dr. Williams was named “Honors Professor of the Year” at TCU.
Dr. Williams’s areas of specialization include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, poetry, and gender studies. Her book, George Eliot, Poetess (Ashgate 2014), represents the first full-length study of the poetry of George Eliot and explores Eliot’s reliance on a poetess tradition that was deeply invested in religion and feminine sympathy.
Dr. Williams’s classes aim to foster intellectual curiosity, empathy, and self-discovery through awareness of different perspectives. She believes her role as facilitator is to create a class environment in which students participate enthusiastically and develop a global mindset by becoming intelligent readers of other people’s stories, especially those from experiences unlike their own.
Her assimilation of multi-cultural perspectives in the classroom stems from her experience teaching in Japan for six years and traveling around the world. At two Japanese universities, she created and instructed courses in English literature, Irish literature, world folk literature, contemporary short fiction, and gender studies. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Williams traveled throughout six continents in over 45 countries. These experiences taught her the value of engaging and learning from unfamiliar worldviews. She brings this international experience into her classrooms, urging students to gain a diversity of perspectives.