Linda M. Williams
Senior Research Scientist
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Co-founder of Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative; Focuses on sexual exploitation of women and children, sexual violence, human trafficking, child abuse
Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist and co-director of the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative at the Wellesley Centers for Women. The focus of her current work is on justice system response to sexual violence, commercial sexual exploitation of women and children, human trafficking, intimate partner violence, and child maltreatment. Williams returned to WCW after serving as professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (2005-2015) and where she is now Professor Emerita.
Author of many books and scholarly publications, Williams has lectured internationally on sexual violence, commercial sexual exploitation, trauma & memory, and researcher-practitioner collaborations. She served as an invited expert for the first international expert meeting on domestic sex trafficking under the auspices of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in The Hague, Netherlands and also on the National Research Council Panel on Violence Against Women.