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Diana Williams

Diana Williams

Assistant Professor of History, Law and Gender Studies

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Diana Williams is an Assistant Professor of History and Law at USC. She is a distinguished expert in history, English and law and holds numerous awards in the fields of gender studies, civil rights, minority research and American and legal history.

Williams’ work has been instrumental in the research and documentation of critical historical and legal issues. Her dissertation, “They Call It Marriage: the Louisiana Interracial Family and the Making of American Legitimacy,” won the 2008 William Nelson Cromwell Dissertation Prize in Legal History.

Before coming to USC, she served as an Assistant Professor of History from 2008-9 and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Legal History from 2007-8 at Wellesley College. In 2006, she was a Raoul Berger Fellow in Legal History from Harvard Law School.

Williams has received numerous grants, including the Mark DeWolfe Howe Fund in Civil Rights from Harvard Law School, a writing grant from Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History from Boston Athenaeum, a summer writing grant from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Mellon Minority Research Grant from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and a research grant from the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism from Notre Dame University.

In 2015, Williams was a signatory to the American Historical Association (AHA)’s brief submitted in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case establishing marriage equality for same-sex couples as a federal constitutional right in all 50 states (see link).

Williams received her doctorate in the History of American Civilization, a masters in English and an AB in history from Harvard University. Additionally, she holds a masters in History from the UC Berkeley.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

San Francisco Chronicle
September 14, 2017
Re: Lisa Klerman

Lisa Klerman was quoted on the rising number of lawsuits by women alleging inequality in pay compared to men and on the challenges in presenting such cases to a court. “If it merits a differential in pay, then the employer can pay the different rate without running afoul of the equal-pay laws,” Klerman said.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Daniel Klerman
June, 2017

“Economics of Legal History.” In The Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics, Vol. 3: Public Law and Legal Institutions, edited by Francesco Parisi. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Edward McCaffery
June, 2017

“Taxing Wealth Seriously.” Tax Law Review 70 (2017): 305.

Edward Kleinbard
June, 2017

“Reinventing Business Taxation: The Dual Business Enterprise Income Tax,” posted to SSRN.