Michael Williams

Michael Williams received a BA in Cultural Studies from Swarthmore College and earned an MA and PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. He specializes in cultural studies (American and British) and critical theory (American, French, German), also teaching and researching in visual studies, film studies, feminist studies, queer theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism and continental philosophy. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and published his first book, Pervert-Schizoid-Woman (Bleakswan Publications, Cambridge, MA), in 2016. He is currently at work on a second book, tentatively titled Perverse Relational Cinematic. He has taught at Eastman School of Music, Concordia University (Montreal), Berklee College of Music, Suffolk University and Emerson College.

Academic areas of interest

  • Cultural studies (American and British)
  • Visual studies (20th century)
  • Film studies (film theory, criticism and history)
  • Feminist studies
  • Queer studies
  • Psychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan, Zizek)
  • Marxism (Marx, Althusser, Ranciere, Hardt and Negri)
  • Continental philosophy (Heidegger, Derrida, Foucault)