Undergraduate Studies
Residency Site: Plainfield VT

Email
herukhuti.williams@goddard.edu

Biography

H. Sharif “Herukhuti” Williams, PhD, MEd, is a liberatory sociologist, cultural studies scholar, sex educator, playwright/poet and award-winning author. Dr. Herukhuti studied sex research methods, sexology, sexual health, and HIV at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University through a National Institute of Mental Health-funded graduate research assistantship. Dr. Herukhuti holds a doctoral concentration in transformative learning for social justice and specializations in sexuality and cross-cultural studies of knowledge. He held a Lambda Literary Foundation inaugural playwriting fellowship and National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship in the Black Aesthetics and African-Centered Cultural Expressions Summer Institute at Emory University. He is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Bisexuality and Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. Dr. Herukhuti has served as a guest editor for special issues of Tamara: Journal of Critical Organizational Inquiry and Journal of Bisexuality. He co-edited the award-winning anthology Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men. He is the recipient of the 2015 PFLAG Brenda Howard Memorial Award.

Education

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

Areas of Expertise

Africana Studies, Autoethnography, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, Embodiment Studies, Equity, Plurality, and Diversity, Indigenous Knowledge Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Organizational Studies, Participatory Action Research and Collaborative Inquiry, Qualitative Research, Research Ethics, Theater Arts, Theatre of the Oppressed, Transformative Learning, Queer Theory, Sexuality Studies, Social Justice, Social Media, Social Movements, Spirituality

Personal Statement

My ancestors, from present-day Nigeria and Ghana, have lived in the United States since they were kidnapped and held hostage as prisoners of war during the European colonization of Africa. My work is focused on the development of liberatory sexual cultures, Indigenous wisdom traditions, and decolonization. Rooted in communities inside and outside of academia, my scholarship, artwork, and activism are practiced primarily in collaboration with people of African descent, bisexual, queer or gender transgressive people, women of color and poor and working class people.

I have been developing a paradigm, funk aesthetic to theatre.  In my most recent play, My Brother’s a Keeper, I use it in exploring Black bisexuality, the concept of kinfolk, and the social activism of Black youth in Brooklyn, New York during the late 1990s. As a scholar-practitioner-artist-activist, I am dedicated to and driven by the goals of liberation and social justice. At Goddard, I work with students of all backgrounds, communities and experiences to fulfill their learning goals and develop the skills necessary to meet those goals. I believe in the power of a learning-centered education to provide transformative learning opportunities for learners, educators and societies. And I am deeply committed to the principles of education for critical consciousness and community articulated by Paulo Freire, bell hooks, and Julius Nyerere.

I am the founder and chief erotics officer of the Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality and editor-in-chief of its webjournal sacredsexualities.org. Two of the main frameworks for my work are Decolonizing and Reconstructing Epistemologies (DRE) and 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. As Hm Ntchr Tpi (High Priest) of the Kra Skhmt Ha Hruht (Shrine of Sekhmet and Heruhet), I am a spiritual teacher and guide initiated in the tradition of Kemet (Ancient Egypt). In addition to my initiation in the Kemetic tradition, my spiritual education also includes mentorship and training in the spiritual traditions of the Dagara people of Burkina Faso and Ghana. In the Dagara tradition, I identify as bodemé, a sociospiritualsexual concept of purpose and service within community.

As a principal at KHPRA Consulting, I provide expertise to 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.

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
  2. My Brother's a Keeper: A Staged ReadingSeptember 18, 2015 7:00 pm
  3. My Brother's a Keeper: A NYC Staged ReadingSeptember 26, 2015 5:30 am