Meredith Williams

I grew up in a working class family of six kids, surrounded by cow farms outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. I grew up with a strong sense of justice, and injustice, that grew into a love of fighting for the underdog. I went back to school in my 30s to better understand systems so I could actively work to dismantle and recreate those structures to be more just. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many parts of the world, and learn from the stories I have heard. I feel humbled and honored to work with the amazing community organizers in King County.


  • Senior Research Consultant, ML Whalen Consulting, 2018 – Present
  • Associate Professor, Humboldt State University, 2018 – Present
    • On Professional Leave, Academic Year 2018-2019
  • Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University, 2013 – 2018
    • Graduate Coordinator, MA in Public Sociology (2014 – 2018)
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Portland, 2012
  • Graduate Student Instructor, Washington State University, 2009 – 2013


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Washington State University, 2013
    • Areas of examination (2010): Gender, Criminology
    • Dissertation: The Queer Criminal: Impacts of Risk and Protective Factors on Sexual Minority Offending
  • M.A. in Sociology, Washington State University, 2009
    • Thesis: Making of a Monster: Media Construction of Gender Non-Conforming Homicide Victims
  • B.A. in Sociology, summa cum laude, Washington State University Vancouver, 2005
    • Minor: Digital Technology and Culture

Areas of Research Expertise

  • Sexuality: emphases on sexuality as predictor of crime, queer theory, homophobia in media
  • Gender: emphases on social construction of gender and sexuality, transgender studies
  • LGBTQ Studies: emphases on transgender studies, queer methodologies and intersectionality
  • Criminology: emphases on criminalization, gender, sexuality, race, life course, co-offending
  • Deviance: emphases on social control, social inequality, disability, size and sexual deviance
  • Research Methods: emphases on survey, content analysis, qualitative interviews and oral histories
  • Body & Embodiment: emphases on fat, trans and disability as part of intersectional identities

Academic Research History

I have published more than 15 articles and chapters, and presented my work more than 30 times at academic and activist conferences. I have also co-edited two special issues of academic journals, and served on committees for various professional organizations


  • Early Career Innovation in Teaching Sociology, Pacific Sociological Association 2017
  • McCrone Promising Faculty Scholar, Humboldt State University 2016
  • Exceptional Service to Student Award, Humboldt State University 2016
  • Pride Foundation Community Scholarship 2011
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Washington State University Sociology 2011
  • Pride Foundation Community Scholarship 2010
  • Inland Northwest Business Association 2010
  • Graduate Fellowship, Washington State University Sociology 2010
  • President’s Award, Washington State University 2010
  • Pride Foundation Community Scholarship 2009
  • Pride Foundation Inland Northwest Scholarship 2009
  • Dolan Memorial Scholarship, Washington State University Sociology 2009
  • Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Washington State University Vancouver 2004

Community Engagement

  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction 2017-18
  • Commissioner, Humboldt County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission 2014-17
  • Invited keynote speech “Your Sociological Life: I’m Sorry and You’re Welcome.” Southern Oregon University Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociology Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2015
  • Board Coordinator, Sociology and Criminology and Justice Studies Community Advisory Board, Humboldt State University 2014-16
  • Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of Gender Neutral Bathroom Week, Washington State University Vancouver 2012-14
  • Guest: “Transgender Youth Study.” TransFM radio show 2009
  • Volunteer, Utah Pride Center 2005-10
  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, sWerve Utah 2005-06
  • Volunteer, Salt Lake City Film Center 2005-06