Deborah Williams

Clinical Professor at the Liberal Studies Program in New York Affiliation: NYU New York
Education: BA Wheaton College (Massachusetts); MA & PhD, New York University

Research Areas: 20th century American fiction, children's literature, feminist literary history


Deborah Lindsay Williams is an affiliated faculty member at NYU Abu Dhabi. From 2015-2018, she served as Program Head of Literature and Creative Writing at NYUAD. Until 2010, Williams was Director of Honors and Professor of English at Iona College. She is the inaugural recipient of the NYUAD Campus Life Faculty Award (2018-2019).

Her fields of interest include 20th-century US fiction, children’s literature, feminist literary history and historiography, and composition studies. Her first book is Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, and the Politics of Female Authorship; her book The Necessity of YA Fiction will be out from Oxford University Press in 2023. "Absent Babies and Cosmopolitan Bananas: Fault Lines, Networks and Modernity in Kate Chopin’s At Fault," her chapter about Kate Chopin's neglected first novel, will appear in a volume due out in 2022. With Cyrus R.K. Patell, she is the co-editor of the Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume Eight, American Fiction after 1940, for which she wrote the chapter on US Children's Literature.

Additionally, Williams wrote a cultural opinion colum for four years for The National, the UAE's English-language newspaper. Other writing of hers has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review Daily, Inside Higher Ed, The Common, and numerous other publications.

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