Bianca Williams is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Williams’ research centers on theories of race and gender within African diasporic communities, particularly the emotional aspects of being “Black” and a “woman” in the U.S. and Jamaica. Graduating with honors as an undergraduate at Duke University, Williams went on to earn a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke, and a Graduate Certificate in African & African American Studies. In her dissertation, “American Realities, Diasporic Dreams: Pursuing Happiness, Love, and Girlfriendship in Jamaica,” Williams presents a fine-grained ethnographic analysis of diasporic relations based on research completed over four years in multiple cities in the U.S., Jamaica, and an online web-community. This study examines how African American women use international travel and the Internet as tools for pursuing happiness, creating intimate relationships and friendships, and critiquing American racism, sexism, and ageism. Williams is currently revising this dissertation into a book manuscript.