This is a space where I will share information about my research, writing, teaching, and travels.
I am an Assistant Professor at Spelman College who earned my Ph.D and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and my B.A. from New York University. My research has focused on the cultural and sexual politics of the transnational tourism industry in Salvador, Brazil.read more
Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements (University of Illinois
Press, Nov. 2013)
"This ambitious, fascinating ethnography clearly articulates how sex tourism in Bahia, Brazil, depends on the sexualized and racialized bodies of people of African descent. Erica Lorraine Williams makes a significant contribution by examining how sex tourism is both a racial and sexual project and how race is central to the commodification of culture."--Amalia L. Cabezas, author of Economies of Desire: Sex and Tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic