Deborah Williams

Clinical Associate Professor at the Liberal Studies Program in New York Affiliation: NYU New York
Email: dlw7@nyu.edu
Education: PhD, MA, New York University; BA, Wheaton College

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, and feminist literary history and historiography. She is the author of a number of articles about US women writers: Not in Sisterhood: Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zona Gale, and the Politics of Female  Authorship. For four years, she wrote a biweekly cultural opinion column for The National, the UAE's English-language newspaper. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Paris Review DailyInside Higher Ed, and numerous other publications.

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.

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