Joshua Williams

2015 Hellman Graduate Awardee

Theater Dance and Performance Studies
UC Berkeley

Joshua Williams is a writer, director, translator and teacher from Massachusetts who is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. He is also working towards a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory.

His broad range of interests include African and postcolonial theatre and film, social justice, the history of science, translation and critical theory. His dissertation focuses on the role of animals and animality in the performance and political history of East Africa from the 1930s through the 1990s.

In his spare time, Williams writes articles and essays that have been published in ASTR Online, Theatre Journal and the Johannesburg Salon. He is also translating the complete plays of the Tanzanian dramatist, Ebrahim Hussein, from Swahili into English for Oxford University Press.

“The Hellman fellowship will enable me to round out my time at Berkeley on a high note and hopefully put me in the position to be successful on the academic job market in the next two years,” he says.