Anthony Williams joined Accountability Counsel as a Research Fellow in 2022. They are also a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Their academic work focuses on race, ethnicity, incarceration, and urban sociology. They are currently using qualitative research methods to finish their dissertation on how California prisons utilize solitary confinement. Their doctoral work is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
Prior to entering graduate school in 2017, Anthony worked with Black students statewide to push the University of California system to divest $25 million from private prisons. Since then, Anthony trained and led teams of canvassers with the Black Organizing Project, conducted individual and group interviews on Black student activism in Johannesburg and Cape Town, mentored and taught undergraduate students, and worked as a qualitative data analyst and consultant with the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability Office for the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Anthony earned their Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and their Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.