dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel

Faculty Profile: Gloria M. Williams

Gloria M. Williams, Ph.D.

Specialties & Expertise

  • Mapping and organizing knowledge in an applied and interdisciplinary field
  • Designed objects and the consumer in everyday life
  • Social justice and clothing production in third world countries
  • Clothing studies and human actions: a history in higher education
  • Late 19th century women reformers: Conditions affecting women/child workers in the textile and apparel industries

Selected Scholarship

  • Williams, G.M. (2007). Exploring Alternate Modes of Industry: A critical science perspective. Clothing and Textile Research Journal, 25(4), 336-341.
  • Nelson, N. J., LaBat, K., & Williams, G. M. (2005). More than “just a little hobby”: Women and textile art in Ireland. Women’s Studies International Forum, 28(4), 328-342.
  • Williams, G.M. (2001). The role of practice in a professional field. International Textile & Apparel Association Proceedings. Monument, MO:ITAA.
  • Nelson, N.J., & Williams, G.M. (November 2000). Exploring dress in everyday life through interpretive inquiry. Paper presented at the 57th annual meeting of the International Textile & Apparel Association, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Chen-Yu, H.J., Williams, G.M. & Kincade, D.H. (1999). Determinants of consumer satisfaction/dissatisfaction with the performance of apparel products. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 28(2), 167-192.
  • Williams, G., Keynote Speaker (1998). Oppressive conditions for women in the US textile and apparel industries. University of British Columbia, Canada.

Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • Goldstein Gallery Textile Curator, 2000-2007
  • Goldstein Gallery Policy and Planning Committee, 2000-2007
  • Goldstein Gallery Costume/Textiles Accessions Committee, 2000-2007
  • DHA Retail Merchandising Search Committee, 2002, 2006
  • DHA Retail Merchandising Program, 2000-2009


  • Fellow, International Textile and Apparel Associates
  • CHE Excellence in Advising Award, 1996
  • Outstanding Alumnus, North Carolina Central University, 1997
  • Award of Excellence for Dedication to the Profession of Family & Consumer Sciences, National Coalition for Black Development in Home Economics, 1999
  • Nomination for Leadership Award, Textiles and Clothing Section, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Program Award: Dedicated to Student Mentoring and Success, 2009


Associate Professor Emerita

Retail Merchandising Program


Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

240 McNeal Hall

1985 Buford Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55108-6136

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