Jesse Williams, Jr. will join the Department of Languages and Literature at APSU in
August 2020. As community college and university faculty, he has taught dual enrollment
freshman writing, and he has extensive experience teaching freshman writing both face
to face and online, as well as introduction to literature, surveys of American literature,
and workshops in screenwriting. In addition, Williams has taught special topics courses
in colonial American literature and culture, popular genre fiction, and the canon
of Toni Morrison and courses such as ethnic American literatures, television writing,
senior capstone, and introduction to graduate studies.
Williams's scholarship focuses on intersections of post-classical US cinema and (white)
American, African American, and Indigenous American literary traditions, as well as
the boundaries of film and literary genre. His work on the films of Spike Lee is forthcoming
in College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies (Summer 2020), included
in Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement (Routledge, 2018),
and featured on the cover of The Journal of Popular Film and Television (Apr. 2015).
Likewise, Williams's work on Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant and Indigenous American
literatures appears in Literature/Film Quarterly (Spring 2018). Williams is currently
working on a series of essays that views various Spike Lee Joints alongside literature
by the likes of Hannah Webster Foster, Washington Irving, Bret Harte, Zora Neale Hurston,
James Baldwin, and August Wilson.
Williams stopped and started engaging with social media multiple times during the
2016 presidential campaign and has since retired altogether. You can now find him
on Podbean, listening to podcasts about 1970s and '80s Southern rasslin, and sharing
memories of the good ole days, when the babyfaces were babyfaces, the heels were heels,
and all of the fans knew the difference.