Lucas (Luke) Williams


Luke Williams is a scholar, artist, organizer, and critic of twentieth and twenty-first century Black performance and visual cultures. His work, which spans embodiment, portraiture, Afrofuturism, racial capitalism, and the aesthetics of the Black radical imagination, focuses on Black Diasporic art in the Americas and broader Atlantic world. Luke is a PhD candidate in Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford University. He most recently held fellowships for the Committee of Black Performing Arts at Stanford and the Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia.

His recent publications include an article on Michael Richards and the physics of Black aesthetics.

Find more information on Luke’s scholarship, artistic work, and educational organizing at


Research Interests

Field of Interest
Dance and Performance Studies; Black Studies; Social and Political Theory, African-American History, Art History, African-American Literature