Dr. Elizabeth M. Williams is a historian, an academic librarian and Heads up a team of Academic Support Librarians covering the 3 Colleges of the University of Edinburgh; the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the College of Arts Humanities and the Social Sciences. These Colleges incorporate 20-plus Schools and there are a growing number of research centres and institutes.
Williams specialises in Modern British history and its relationship with Africa, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora including Black Britain. Her most recent book examined Britain’s relationship with South Africa ‘The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa: Black British Solidarity with the Anti-Apartheid Struggle’ examined this history (Bloomsbury, 2017). The next book ‘Black Britain and Nelson Mandela: Pulling the Branch of a Tree’ (Bloomsbury, London) will be released in 2024 the 30th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic election.
Williams is a seasoned keynote speaker and lecturer visiting Europe, Americas, the Middle East and Africa.