Dennis Williams II

Dennis Williams II

  • Research Assistant; Teaching Assistant; Office Intern
  • Ph.D. Student

Office Location

Bavaro Hall 118
417 Emmet Street S
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Dennis Williams II is a first-year doctoral student. His research interests are in anti-oppressive education, mindfulness- and compassion-based pedagogy, visual culture, and critical theory. He is a former public school teacher and adjunct instructor, working for several years in Richmond Public Schools and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Gender and Women’s Studies Department. He is also a creative writer, with publications in such esteemed outlets as Johns Hopkins University’s African American Review, Illinois State University’s Obsidian Literature and Art in the African Diaspora, and Virginia Commonwealth University's Richmond Racial Equity Essays series. A facilitator of mindfulness at the Innerwork Center in Richmond, VA, he is certified in Koru Mindfulness. He is deeply grateful to serve in the school's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and its work toward a more equitable, just, and inclusive future for members of the UVA community.  


M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018
M.A., Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014
B.A., Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012