Juliet A. Williams

Professor, Gender Studies and Associate Dean of Social Sciences


Contact Information

Email    jawilliams@gender.ucla.edu
Office  2201 Rolfe Hall

Juliet A. Williams is Professor of Gender Studies and Associate Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UCLA.  Trained as a political theorist, she holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.  Professor Williams’ research and teaching specializations include feminist theory, masculinity studies, gender and the law, gender and education, and feminist cultural studies.  She has published widely on the cultural politics of privacy, exploring topics ranging from political sex scandals to reality TV.  Her most recent book, The Separation Solution? Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality (University of California Press), is a socio-legal analysis of conflicting conceptions of gender difference in the public education reform debates.


Ms. Magazine Writers’ Workshop for Feminist Scholars (2009)
UC ACCORD Faculty Research Seed Grant (2007)

Selected Publications

The Separation Solution?: Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality. University of California Press.  Forthcoming 2016.

Liberalism and the Limits of Power.  Palgrave Macmillan. 2005.

Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals.  Eds. Juliet A. Williams and Paul Apostolidis.  Duke University Press. 2004.

Articles and Book Chapters:

 “Feminist Jurisprudence.”  2015.  Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory.  Eds. Mary  Hawkesworth and Lisa Disch.  Oxford University Press.

 “The Possibilities and Perils of Social Justice Feminism: What We Can Learn form the Single-Sex Public Education Debates.”  2014.  University of Cincinnati Law School Freedom Center Journal, Special Issue on Social Justice Feminism: 87-100.


 “Same DNA, But Born This Way”: Lady Gaga and the Possibilities of Post-Essentialist Feminisms.”  2014.  Journal of Popular Music Studies 26 (1): 28-46.


 “Thinking Through ‘The Boy Crisis’: Multiple Masculinities and the Politics of Difference.”  2013.  In Exploring Masculinities: Feminist Legal Theory Reflections.  Eds. Martha Albertson Fineman and Michael Thompson.  Hart Publishing: 163-175.


 “Girls Can Be Anything…But Boys Will Be Boys: On Gender Essentialism and the ‘Boy Crisis.’” 2013.  University of Nevada Law Review 13: 533-546.


“Neo-Orientalism.” Co-authored with Ali Behdad.  2010.  In Globalizing American Studies.  Eds. Brian Edwards and Dilip Gaonkar.  University of Chicago Press, 283-299. 


 “Learning Differences: Sex-Role Stereotyping in Single-Sex Public Education.” 2010.  Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 33 (2): 555-580.


“Unholy Matrimony: Feminism, Orientalism, and the Possibility of Double Critique.”  2009.  Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 34 (3): 611-632.


“On the Popular Vote.”  2005.  Political Research Quarterly 58 (4): 637-646.