Bronwyn T. Williams

Professor & Director of the University Writing Center


On leave Spring 2022. is the Acting Director of the University Writing Center.

Bronwyn T. Williams is a professor of English and director of the University Writing Center. He writes and teaches on issues of literacy, identity, digital media, popular culture, and creative nonfiction. His most recent book is Literacy Practices and Perceptions of Agency: Composing Identities. His recurring research interests focus on how people negotiate, understand, and feel about the literacy practices they engage in during their daily lives, both in and out of the classroom. He is currently working on a book project based on interviews with students about their complex, affective, and often disruptive experiences of writing and learning during the global pandemic. In addition, he studies how digital media technologies change the ways people engage in reading and writing, including participatory popular culture. He has researched and taught in the U.S. and abroad, including in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and Kazakhstan. He also writes creative nonfiction, both as an approach to scholarly writing and as essays on other subjects. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow in 2013.

He is director of the University Writing Center, which works with any member of the university community on any kind of writing and facilitates writing groups and events. Through the University Writing Center he also is involved in several community writing projects, including with Family Scholar House and the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. His teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in writing pedagogy, literacy and identity, digital media, popular culture, and creative nonfiction.

His other books include New Media Literacies and Participatory Popular Culture Across Borders (with Amy Zenger), Shimmering Literacies: Popular Culture and Reading and Writing Online, Popular Culture and Representations of Literacy (with Amy Zenger), Identity Papers: Literacy and Power in Higher Education, and Tuned In: Television and the Teaching of Writing.In addition he has published many articles and book chapters. More information about his research, publications, and teaching, can be found on his website.