Alexia Williams is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies and African American Studies. She earned her B.A. in English and Spanish at Spelman College. Her research focuses on questions of race, religion and aesthetic production in the hemispheric Americas. In her dissertation, “Black Revolutionary Saints: Roman Catholicism and the U.S. Racial Imagination,” Alexia examines black discursive and aesthetic practices of sainthood to understand how a Catholic imaginary of race materializes for public display and consumption in spaces traditionally seen as secular. Her work has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion, the MacMillan Center, and the Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies. In 2019-2020, Alexia will be a Visiting Scholar in the Religious Studies Department at Duke University.