H. Sharif Williams, PhD

Core Faculty

Teaching Practice

The world is hostage to the interlocking matrix of dominating systems I refer to as: settler-colonialism, imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, and cisheteropatriarchy. Founded on the land theft and genocide of Indigenous people and the kidnapping, enslavement, and forced labor extraction of African people, the United States is the largest prisoner of war camp in the history of humanity. Therefore, my teaching philosophy is Afrocentric, decolonial, kweer revolution. I teach to cultivate a critical mass of people (roughly 12-15% of the population) ready and willing to dismantle that matrix and build a just, ecologically harmonious, and liberatory world.


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

Certificate in Participatory Action Research Methods, Groundworks
Certificate in Community Mediation, LGBT Community Center of New York

Areas of Expertise

  • Africana Studies
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Poetics
  • Sexology/Sexuality Studies
  • Spirituality Studies
  • Theatre

Meaningful Action in the World

As a social entrepreneur, artist-activist, cultural studies scholar, sex researcher-educator-healer, systems theorist, cultural worker, interdisciplinary sociocultural scientist, and priest-conjurer-healer in the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) and Dagara tradition whose work operates at the intersection of race, culture, sexuality and spirituality, I work primarily through the social enterprise I founded, Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality LLC. Our mission is to use arts activism, creativity and cultural production to liberate the ways people love, experience the Erotic, and connect to the Sacred. We provide spaces for the exhibition and exploration of sensual awareness, sexual consciousness, erotic power, and pleasure as well as gathering places for people engaged in sexual empowerment to express themselves and enjoy erotic events, demonstrations, and sexuality-related classes. I frequently contribute articles on various topics related to our work on our website sacredsexualities.org.


  • Williams, H. S., (2022). Race. Resistance. Love. New York: CCSS Publications.
  • Williams, H. S. (2022). A Gedenkschrift for Shaykh Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé. Journal of Bisexuality, 22(2).
  • McNulty, M.C., Acree, M. E., Kerman, J., Williams, H. S. & Schneider, J. A. (2021): Shared decision making for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) with black transgender women, Culture, Health & Sexuality, DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2021.1909142
  • Acree, M. E., McNulty, M., Blocker, O., Schneider, J., & Williams, H. (2020). Shared decision-making around anal cancer screening among black bisexual and gay men in the USA. Culture, health & sexuality, 22(2), 201–216.
  • Peek. M., Lopez. F., Williams, H.S., Xu, L., McNulty, M., Acree, M. E., & Schneider, J. (2016). Development of a conceptual framework for understanding Shared Decision-Making among African-American LGBT patients and their clinicians. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 31(6), 677-687.
  • Williams, H. S. (2016). Introduction to Afrocentric decolonizing kweer theory and epistemology of the erotic. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 2(4), 1-31.
  • Williams, H. (2016). Fire as an element of style: A review of Charles Blow’s Fire Shut up in My Bones. Journal of Bisexuality, 16, 112-117.
  • Williams, H. (2016). Uses of the interstitial as power: Black, bisexual men building maroon health. In L. D. Follins & J. M. Lassiter Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation (pp. 39-54). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Williams, H. (2015). Absent presence, presenting absence: A review of Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities. Journal of Bisexuality, 15, 287-293.
  • Ochs, R. and Williams, H. S. (2014). Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Boston: Bisexual Resource Center.
  • Williams, H. (2012). In the heat: Towards a phenomenology of Black men loving/sexing each other. In S. McGlotten and D-A. Davis (Eds.), Black Genders and Sexualities (pp. 231-246). New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • Hutchins, L & Williams, H. (2011). Sexuality, Religion and The Sacred: Bisexual, Polysexual, and Pansexual Perspectives. London: Routledge.
  • Williams, H. (2010). Bodeme in Harlem: An African Diasporic autoethnography. Journal of Bisexuality, 10, 64-78.
  • Williams, H. (2010). African men in the United States: Stories of race, gender, sexuality, and power. In K. Moffitt and R. Spellers. (Eds.). Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities (pp. 307-328). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • Hutchins, L & Williams, H. (2010). Our hearts still hold these connections: An introduction to the spiritualties special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality. Journal of Bisexuality, 10, 4-17.
  • Hutchins, L. and Williams, H. (2010). Spiritualities. Journal of Bisexuality, 10 (1/2).
  • Williams, H., Gallegos, P., and Howard, D., (2010). The Capacity of Organization Development Diversity Consulting to Foster Systemic Change for Social Justice. Tamara Journal for Critical Organizational Inquiry (8.3/8.4).
  • Williams, H. (2009). Black mama sauce: Embodied transformative education. In S. Schapiro, K. Geller, & B. Fisher-Yoshida (Eds.), Innovations in Transformative Learning: Space, Culture, and the Arts (pp. 269-286). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Williams, H. (2008). A bisex-queer critique of same-sex marriage advocacy. Journal of Bisexuality. 7, 313-318.
  • Dowsett, G., Williams, H., Carballo-Diéguez, A., & Ventuneac, A. (2008). Taking it like a man: Masculinity and barebacking online. Sexualities, 11 (1/2), 121-141.
  • Herukhuti. (2007) Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality, Volume I. New York: Vintage Entity Press.

herukhuti.williams@goddard.edu Website

Affiliation BA Health Arts & Sciences
BA Sustainability
BFA Creative Writing
BFA Socially Engaged Art
Individualized Bachelor of Arts
Undergraduate Studies Program

Location Plainfield, Vermont

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to www.goddard.edu

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