Candice R. Williams, PhD

Department Chair, Department of Criminal Justice

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5091
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Dr. Candice Williams is an Assistant Professor and the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Azusa Pacific University. Williams’ background spans the field of Sociology, African American Studies, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. Her current interest is in advancing an evidence-based approach in the development of school policies that addresses interpersonal violence on college and university campuses. Drawing on a broad range of experience including research on the intersectionality of race, class, and gender, STDs and HIV among communities of color, and victimology, Dr. Williams has a true passion of addressing injustices that are affecting a variety of communities.

A graduate from The University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Williams received her BA in Sociology and African American Studies, her Master’s degree in Sociology at The California State University, Fullerton, and her Doctorate degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice at Howard University.


  • PhD, Sociology & Criminology, Howard University, 2016
  • MA, Sociology, with a concentration in Social Inequality and Culture, California State University, Fullerton, 2011
  • BA, Sociology & Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Criminal Justice


  • Criminology
  • Human Trafficking
  • Intersectionality of Race, Class, and Gender
  • Research Methods
  • Sex Crimes
  • Victimology

Courses Taught

  • CJ 110 – Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 280 – American Courts
  • CJ 310 – Criminological Theories
  • Writ 262 – Research Methods
  • CJ 340 – Victimology
  • CJ 495 – Human Trafficking
  • CJ 395 – Crime and Media
  • CJ 495 – Sex Crimes
  • CJ 350 – Race, Ethnicity, and Crime
  • SOC 455 – Crime & Delinquency

Office Hours

Monday's 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Wednesday's 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Please request appointment by emailing Dr. Williams at [email protected]

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