Melissa Powell-Williams


Melissa Powell-Williams


Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of Social Sciences

  • (706) 667-4580
  • AH N221


  • Ph.D., Sociology Southern Illinois University a, 2008

  • MA, Sociology Southern Illinois University a, 2005

  • BA, Sociology Southern Illinois University a, 2003

Awards & Honors

  • Richard S. Wallace Distinguished Service Award Augusta University, 2019

  • Caught in the Act of Representing Values of AU--Inclusivity Academic and Faculty Affairs, 2016

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • WGST 4442

    Gender & Society
  • SOCI 4442

    Gender & Society: Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI 1101H

    Introduction to Sociology: Honors: Intro to Sociology
  • SOCI 3002

    Methods in Social Research II
  • SOCI 3442

    Identity and Social Change
  • SOCI 3373

    Social Psychology

Teaching Interests

Gender, Research Methods, Qualitative Methods, Social Psychology, Identity and Social Change, and Introductory Courses.


Selected Recent Publications

  • "GOD HATES YOUR FEELINGS”: Neutralizing Emotional Deviance within the Westboro Baptist Church”", 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Life in the Neither World: Identity Work as Relational Negotiation of Authenticity and Stigma Management for Biculturally Deaf Individuals Living Between Worlds, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Deafness, 2014
  • "I Help the Ones that Want Help": Emotion Work and the Victim Advocate Role, 2013
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Are You Deaf Enough?, 2012
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New

Research Interests

Dr. Melissa Powell-Williams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Social Work at Augusta University. Dr. Powell-Williams' primary interest includes identity work in the areas of social movements, subcultures, and organizations. She has published in the areas of domestic violence victim advocacy, the Deaf Culture Movement, and support for marriage equality. Current research projects include police perceptions of body worn cameras, race relations, and the media.

Department Service

  • Social Work Director Search Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee 2014 - Present

  • Sociology Curriculum Committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair

College Service

  • Pamplin Faculty 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Faculty Council 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Pamplin Faculty Development and Research - 2017

    Role: Other
  • Faculty Council 2012 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • Faculty Rights and Responsibilities 2013 - 2015

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Alumni and Career Outcomes 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Augusta University Safe Zones 2013 - Present

    Role: Workshop Organizer
  • Women's and Gender Studies Committee 2008 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2018

    Role: Workshop Organizer
  • University Student Affairs Committee 2016 - 2018

    Role: Chairperson

Professional Service

  • Deviant Behavior 2017 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Honors Society 2010 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Mid-South Sociological Association 2014 - 2016

    Role: Committee Chair

Public Service

  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion 2017

    Role: Workshop Organizer