Juliet A. Williams

Professor, Gender Studies and Chair, Social Science Interdisciplinary Program (SSIDP)

Contact Information

Email    jawilliams@gender.ucla.edu
Office  2201 Rolfe Hall

Juliet A. Williams is Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of the UCLA Social Science Interdepartmental Program.  She holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. Professor Williams’ research and teaching specializations include feminist theory, masculinity studies, gender and the law, gender and education, and feminist cultural studies. Her most recent book is The Separation Solution?: Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality (University of California Press, 2016). She is contributing Co-Editor of Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals, and her scholarly articles have appeared in journals including Signs, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, and Political Research Quarterly. Currently she is working on a multi-year project, in collaboration with Dr. Abigail Saguy, exploring the concept of gender neutrality in U.S. law, the media and activism.

Selected Publications

The Separation Solution?: Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality. University of California Press.  2016.

Liberalism and the Limits of Power Palgrave Macmillan. 2005.

Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals.  Eds. Juliet A. Williams and Paul Apostolidis.  Duke University Press. 2004.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

 "Reimagining Gender Neutrality in the News." Co-authored with Abigail Saguy. Signs. (Forthcoming).

Sex Scandals, Reputational Management, and Masculinities Under Neoliberal Conditions.”  Co-authored with Paul Apostolidis. 2017.  Sexualities. Special issue editors Gary A. Fine and Rebecca Plante. 1-22.

“Feminist Jurisprudence.”  2015.  Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory.  Eds. Mary  Hawkesworth and Lisa Disch.  Oxford University Press.

“The Possibilities and Perils of Social Justice Feminism: What We Can Learn form the Single-Sex Public Education Debates.”  2014.  University of Cincinnati Law School Freedom Center Journal, Special Issue on Social Justice Feminism: 87-100.

 “Same DNA, But Born This Way”: Lady Gaga and the Possibilities of Post-Essentialist Feminisms.”  2014.  Journal of Popular Music Studies 26 (1): 28-46.

 “Thinking Through ‘The Boy Crisis’: Multiple Masculinities and the Politics of Difference.”  2013.  In Exploring Masculinities: Feminist Legal Theory Reflections.  Eds. Martha Albertson Fineman and Michael Thompson.  Hart Publishing: 163-175.

 “Girls Can Be Anything…But Boys Will Be Boys: On Gender Essentialism and the ‘Boy Crisis.’” 2013.  University of Nevada Law Review 13: 533-546.

“Neo-Orientalism.” Co-authored with Ali Behdad.  2010.  In Globalizing American Studies.  Eds. Brian Edwards and Dilip Gaonkar.  University of Chicago Press, 283-299.

 “Learning Differences: Sex-Role Stereotyping in Single-Sex Public Education.” 2010.  Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 33 (2): 555-580.

“Unholy Matrimony: Feminism, Orientalism, and the Possibility of Double Critique.”  2009.  Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 34 (3): 611-632.

“On the Popular Vote.”  2005.  Political Research Quarterly 58 (4): 637-646.

“The Personal is Political: Thinking Through the Clinton/Lewinsky/Starr Affair.”  2001.  PS: Political Science and Politics. 24 (1): 93-98.

On the Road Again: Hayek and the Rule of Law.”  1997.  Critical Review. 11: 101-210. (Translated into Spanish and reprinted in Papel Politico. 1999, nos. 9-10, 147-166).


National Science Foundation. Law and Social Science and Sociology Programs. For "How difference matters in the development of legal doctrine" (with Abigail Saguy) $325,000. September 1 2017-August 31 2020.

UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy Kenneth L. Sokoloff Fellow (2015)

Ms. Magazine Writers’ Workshop for Feminist Scholars (2009)

UC ACCORD Faculty Research Seed Grant (2007)

In the Media


"20 Years Since America's Shock over Clinton-Lewinsky Affair, Public Discussions on Sexual Harassment Are Changing." The Conversation, 19 January 2018.

"Single Sex Education a Civil Rights Assault." Co-authored with Kimberlé W. Crenshaw and Diane F. Halpern. Education Week On California Blog. 21 May 2017.

“Angry White Women.” Huffington Post, 14 November 2016. 

“What’s Wrong With Single-Sex Schools?  A Lot.”  Los Angeles Times, 25 January 2016.

"Why the Strauss-Kahn and Schwarzenegger Don't Go Together."  Washington Post, 20 May 2011.

"Babes in Scandal-Land."  Ms. Magazine Blog, 11 May 2010.

Interviews and Media Appearances

Quoted in "Sex, Lies and Tabloids: Hush Payments that Spell Danger for Trump." The Guardian. 26 August 2018.

Quoted in "In a Sexist World, It's Still Possible for Women to Oppress Men." Quartz. 18 August 2018.

Interviewed on "Are There More Politicians Involved in Sex Scandals?" Effecto Naim. 29 July 2018.

Quoted in "The Problem with Mainstream Feminism." Shout Out UK. 3 July 2018.

Quoted in "Why the C-Word I So Taboo, And Why Some Women Want to Reclaim It." Washington Post. 1 June 2018.

Quoted in "Trump, Schneiderman, Greitens and the Changing Shape of Sex Scandals." Washington Post. 13 May 2018.

Quoted in "MMA Fighter Takes On Masculinity In Flowery New Fashion Campaign." Yahoo! Lifestyle. 22 March 2018.

Quoted in "Prep School Rape Survivor is Vindicated in the #MeToo Movement." New York Post. 10 March 2018.

Quoted in "Can You Be a Conservative Feminist? Experts and Activists Weigh In." USA Today. 6 March 2018.

Quoted in "Donald Trump v. Bill Clinton: Why Don't the Sex Scandals Seem to Stick?" The Guardian. 18 February 2018.

Quoted in "Why Did Hillary Clinton Let This Happen?" New York Times. 26. January 2018.

Quoted in "Sexual Harassment Reckoning: In 2018 More Backlash and Pushback?" USA Today. 12 January 2018.

Quoted in "US Lawmakers Shaken as #MeToo Engulfs Congress." Financial Times. 14 December 2017.

Quoted in "White Women Keep F*cking Us Over." Jezebel. 13 December 2017.

Quoted in "Some Say One False Report Could Cripple the #MeToo Movement. Is Progress that Fraglie?" USA Today. 8 December 2017.

Quoted in "Modesty Isn't a Virtue: It's a Tool to Keep Women in Their Place." Quartzy. 10 November 2017.

Quoted in "Victims No More: How Harvey Weinstein Accusers Are Taking Charge." The Wrap. 19 October 2017.

Guest on "AB 23 is Considered: A Debate on the Value of Single-Gender Schools." AirTalk with Larry Mantle, KPCC Radio, 11 September 2017.

Quoted in "Trump’s tweet about Mika Brzezinski’s ‘bleeding’ face was way more than just an insult." Washington Post. 29 June 2017.

Guest on "3 Ways to be an Ally to Women in the Workplace." Take Two, KPCC Radio, 15 June 2017.

Quoted in "Is a Bikini Body Feminist?" Yahoo! Style. 18 May 2017.

Quoted in "Nicola Sturgeon Responds to ‘Legs-It’: ‘It’s a Deliberate Attempt to Demean Women." Yahoo! Style. 7 April 2017.

Quoted in "For Ivanka Trump, Rising Profile Comes with Backlash." Associated Press. 30 March 2017.

Quoted in "You're Sexist. And So Am I." USA Today. 23 March 2017.

Quoted in "Powerful Women Lead the Way in Taking Trump to Task." NBC News. 12 February 2017.

Quoted in "Is Ivanka Trump What 'True Feminism' Looks Like?" Yahoo! Style, 9 February 2017.

Quoted in "Was Donald Trump Jr.'s Hunting Photo Just as Tone-Deaf as Ivanka's?" Yahoo! News, 4 February 2017.

Guest on Dr. Drew Midday Live. 790 KABC Radio (Los Angeles), 23 January 2017.

Quoted in "What Intersectional Feminism Means." USA Today, 19 January 2017.

Quoted in "Feminism in the Trump Age: American Women Grab Back." USA Today, 19 January 2017.

Quoted in "Woodlands Sets Example as Group Looks to Expand Roster of Single-Gender Schools."  Chicago Tribune, 3 December 2016.

Quoted in “Trump Fared Well With Women Voters Despite Sex Assault Claims.”  Yahoo! News, 9 November 2016.

Guest on CNN with Brooke Baldwin, 3 November 2016.

Quoted in “How Women Have Defined the 2016 Election.”  USA Today, 1 November 2016.

Quoted in “What Our Sons Are Learning from Donald Trump.” New York Times, 18 October 2016.

Guest on “The #NoMakeUp Movement and its Role in History.” RadioTimesWHYY Philadelphia NPR affiliate, 21 September 2016.

Quoted in “What Does it Mean for Our Daughters When We Show a Preference for Sons?” Yahoo! Beauty, 11 September 2016.

Quoted in “Can Wearing Makeup Change a Kid’s Life?” Yahoo! Beauty, 31 August 2016

Quoted in "How Social Media and Body Positivity Are Ending Period Stigma.” Teen Vogue, 12 August 2016.

Quoted in "Trump Didn't Just Banish a Baby.  He Banished a Mother."  Wired, 3 August 2016.

Quoted in “President Obama Just Said We Shouldn’t Shame Women for Having Sex.” Washington Post, 14 June 2016.

Quoted in "Why Friends Leave a Buffer Seat Between Them at Movies." MEL Magazine. 6 June 2016.

Quoted in “Kim Kardashian vs. Donald Trump: Why America Can’t Make Up Its Mind About Nudity.” USA Today, 9 March 2016.

Featured in “Do You Know What Feminist Actually Means?” BuzzFeed Videos, 6 February 2016.

Guest appearance, "Sexual Assault and Shaming." Larry King Now. 14 October 2015.

Quoted in "The History of the High Heel and What It Says about Women Today."  Boston Globe, 28 June 2015.

Guest appearance, "Women and Women First Debate in Downtown LA." Portlandia, 9 June 2014.

Quoted in "Monica Lewinsky's Return and the Sexism 2.0 of Political Scandals." Aljazeera Amercia, 9 May 2014.

Quoted in "Petraeus Affair: Is This Sex Scandal Different?" BBC News Magazine, 14 November 2012.

Guest on "Surviving a Sex Scandal." BBC World Service, 6 August 2009.

Quoted in "Why So Few Women in Infidelity Club?" Politico.com, 29 June 2009.