Contact Information

Office: GH-401

Voice: 657-278-2455
Dept: 657-278-3163

Bonnie J. Williams

Associate Professor


I earned my Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Michigan State University. My research focus is on critical studies in literacy and pedagogy. In addition to my scholarship and teaching, I have experience and training in Writing Program Administration.


2013, Ph.D, Michigan State University

2008, M.A., The Ohio State University

2006, B.A, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Areas

My research centers on issues in composition studies including: theorizing African American literate and rhetorical traditions; understanding the intersections of gender & language in relationship to black female discursive practices; applying the perspectives from critical race studies and culturally relevant pedagogy to issues of teaching and learning; and highlighting new pedagogical approaches to literacy which underscore the importance of carving out space for the cultivation and support of students’ lived experiences and literacy traditions as essential aspects to empowering writing instruction.

Courses Regularly Taught

My teaching interests include language learning and literacy of Afro diasporic cultures, sociolinguistics, qualitative methods in educational research, critical theory, and the intellectual rhetorical traditions of Africans and African Americans.


Collin, C., DeJoy, N., Williams, Lessner, S., & Williams, B. (Eds.). (2010) Reading and Writing Literacies, Pearson-Longman.

Jackson, A., & Williams, B. (2010)  “Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution:” A Conversation With Dr. Geneva Smitherman on Language, Power, and Social Change. In Parks, S., & Kirklighter, C. (Eds.) Listening to Our Elders: Working and Writing for Change (pp. 87-121). Philadelphia, PA and Logan, UT: New City Community Press and Utah State University Press. 

Williams, B. (2013) “Students’ ‘Write’ to Their Own Language: Teaching the African American Verbal Tradition as a Rhetorically Effective Writing Skill” Equity & Excellence in Education (Eds.) K.C. Turner & D. Ives, 46.3, pp. 411-429.

Williams, B. (2016) "Signifying, Narrativizing, and Repetition: Radical Approaches to  Theorizing African American Language." Meridians. (Ed.) Karsonya Whitehead, 15.1, pp. 218-242.

Williams-Farrier, B. (2017) “Talkin' Bout Good & Bad” Pedagogies: Code-Switching vs.  Comparative Rhetorical Approaches” College Composition and Communication (Ed.) Jonathan Alexander, 69.2, pp. 230-259.

Williams-Farrier, B. & Gibbs, T. (2017) “ #SIPPINGTEA: Two Black Female Literacy  Scholars Sharing Counterstories to Redefine Our Roles in the Academy” Journal of Literacy Research (Ed.) Misty Sailors.

Office Hours

TH 9:30AM - 11:30AM and
2:30PM - 3:30PM