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Professor Wanda Wigfall-Williams

Wanda Wigfall-Williams

Assistant Professor School of International Service

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  • Assistant Professor
Dr. Wanda Wigfall-Williams has negotiated with terrorists, and facilitated dialogues with paramilitary groups. She has developed counter-trafficking campaigns in Eastern Europe, Asia, and West Africa.

She has taught graduate-level course at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and at Columbia College. Dr. Wigfall-Williams' academic interest areas are intercultural and international communication, identity issues related to race, ethnicity, and gender; and conflict analysis, management, and reconciliation strategies. She also has lectured at the University of Ulster and Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

As the first American named a Tip O’Neill Peace Fellow, Dr. Wigfall-Williams conducted extensive field research examining identity negotiation strategies within the context of mixed-tradition marriages in Northern Ireland's divided society. She has extensive experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation for public and private sector organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Center for Substance Abuse and Prevention.

Dr. Wigfall-Williams is currently working on counter-trafficking education strategies, and exploring how diasporic and religious allegiances impact the conflict dynamics in divided societies.


PhD, MS, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, BS, Psychology, Temple University

Book Currently Reading
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, French

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SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 241
Office: SIS 241 Office Hours - Fall 2016 Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 PM Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 PM Fridays 12:45 - 2:45 PM Appointment and Skype consultations are also available.
Contact Info
(202) 885-2632 (Office)

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Media Appearances

Interview with Federal News Radio's Tom Temlin The Federal Drive, "Understanding the role of management in cybersecurity," October 17, 2016. Read more.

 Most recent books:

  • Real Appeal Guides (weight loss program):  Success Guides (Vol 1, 2 and 3), Real Moves Guide, Real Food Guide (Real Appeal 2015 and 2016) • The Pescetarian Plan (Ballantine 2014) • The Life You Want! Get Motivated, Lose Weight and Be Happy (Simon &Schuster 2011) • The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes* (Simon &Schuster 2009) • Good Housekeeping’s The Supermarket Diet* and The Supermarket Diet Cookbook (both Hearst Books, 2006)      Sampling of 2016 magazine articles, blogs and videos:   • Food for Thought (Yoga Journal, September 2016).  Link to web version • Genetically Engineered Salmon: Frankenfish or Safe and Sustainable? ( blog) • Hey Women, Midlife Can Be Great! ( blog) • Brain Foods (Sharecare Facebook Live video)  

 2016    American Anthropological Association (AAA) Association for Queer Anthropologists, Winner, Ruth Benedict Book Prize, Outstanding Edited Volume, for Queer Brown Voices (Texas, 2015)

2011    Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Alternate


2010    The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, A Division of the Institute of International Education.

                            City/Country: Bogotá, Colombia    

                            University: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana


2010    American Sociological Association (ASA) Sociology of Sexualities Section, Winner, Best Book Award, for The Sexuality of Migration. (NYU, 2009)


2010    Honorable mention, Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Latino Studies Section, for The Sexuality of Migration. (NYU, 2009)


2010    LASA, Sexualities Studies Section, Winner, Carlos Monsiváis Best Social Science Academic Essay, for “Revisiting Activos and Pasivos: Towards New Cartographies of Latino/Latin American Male Same-Sex Desire.” in Latina/o Sexualities. (Rutgers, 2010)


2009    Faculty Award. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center, AU.


2008    Distinguished Faculty (single faculty award, University wide), Multicultural Affairs/           International Student and Scholar Services, American University


2006    Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) of the City University of New York.            Paul Monette-Roger Horowitz Dissertation Award.

2005    Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) Rose Laub Coser Dissertation Proposal Award.


2004-5 Society for the Study of Social Problems Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship 2004-5 American Sociological Association (ASA), Sociology of Sexualities Section,                                   Martin P. Levine Memorial Dissertation Fellowship


2003-4 Social Science Research Council, Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, Dissertation Research Fellow


2004    ASA Race & Ethnic Minorities Section, James E. Blackwell student paper, honorary mention: “On being a white person of color: using autoethnography to understand Puerto Ricans’ racialization” (published in the journal Qualitative Sociology)


2002    ASA Sociology of Sexualities Section, student paper, winner: Sexuality, gender, and race: LGBTs at the crossroads of Santería religious practices and beliefs


2002    Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Student Research Grants