Undergraduate Studies
Residency Site: Plainfield VT

Email
herukhuti.williams@goddard.edu

Biography

H. Sharif Williams who is also known as Dr. Herukhuti [heh-ROO-koo-TEE] is a liberatory sociologist, cultural studies scholar, educator and author whose work is focused on sexual cultures, Indigenous Wisdom Traditions, and decolonization. Rooted in community, his scholarship and activism is practiced primarily in collaboration with people of African descent, LGBTQI people, women of color and poor and working class people. As a scholar-practitioner, he is dedicated to and driven by the goals of liberation and social justice. At Goddard, Dr. Herukhuti works with students of all backgrounds, communities and experiences to fulfill their learning goals and develop the skills necessary to meet those goals. His expertise as an advisor, mentor and scholar are a great resource to students.

Education

PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University
MA in Organizational Development and Leadership, Fielding Graduate University
MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Lesley University
BA in Political Science and Psychology, University of Southern California

Areas of Expertise

Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, Organizational Studies, Spirituality, Cultural Studies, Autoethnography, Qualitative Research, Critical Theory, Critical Pedagogy, Curriculum and Instruction, Transformative Learning, Theatre of the Oppressed, Research Ethics, Indigenous Knowledge Studies, Equity, Plurality, and Diversity, LGBT Studies, Queer Theory, Social Justice, Social Movements, Social Media

Personal Statement

Dr. Herukhuti [heh-ROO-koo-TEE] is a clinical sociologist, cultural studies scholar, sexologist, cultural worker, and neotraditional African shaman whose work is focused on sexual cultures, Indigenous Wisdom Traditions, and decolonization. Rooted in community, he works in and with African/Diasporic, sexually oppressed, and other marginalized communities as a scholar-practitioner dedicated to and driven by the goals of liberation and social justice.

To that end, he is the founder of two epistemological movements: Decolonizing and Reconstructing Epistemologies (DRE) & Afrocentric, Decolonizing Kweer Theory (ADKT). DRE is a framework for research and practice guided by principles of social and ecological justice as well as a deep appreciation of the value of Indigenous knowledge and wisdom. ADKT is a way of understanding how Blackness and queerness are culturally, spiritually, and sexually interconnected as sources of liberatory power.

A former junior investigator at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, Dr. Herukhuti’s research is situated at the intersection of sex, culture, spirituality and health. He specializes in narrative research methods including narrative interviewing, oral history interviewing and autoethnography and embodied methods including Tai Chi Chuan, Hatha Yoga and Theatre of the Oppressed. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Bisexuality and founder of the Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality.

A spiritual teacher and guide initiated in the tradition of Kemet (Ancient Egypt), Dr. Herukhuti is the Hem Netcher Tepi (High Priest) of the Kera Sekhmet Ha Heruhet (Shrine of Sekhmet and Heruhet).  His spiritual education also includes mentorship and training in Sufism and West African spiritual traditions.

Dr. Herukhuti consults for organizations in a variety of areas of organizational life including equity and justice, workplace dynamics, team building, strategic planning, conflict management, program development and evaluation. He is the former co-chair of the board of Global Youth Connect, an international human rights organization for youth, and founder of KHPRA Consulting.

Publications

  1. Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men (Bisexual Resource Center, 2014)
  2. Black Genders and Sexualities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
  3. Sexuality Religion and the Sacred (Routledge, 2011)
  4. Blackberries and Redbones (Hampton, 2010)
  5. Innovations in Transformative Learning (Peter Lang, 2009)
  6. Conjuring Black Funk (Vintage Entity, 2007)

Events

  1. Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men (Book Reading and Signing)May 18, 2015 6:00 pm