Austin R. Williams is a historian, educator, and digital storyteller with vast experience working with diverse learning populations in K-12, collegiate, and public settings.


Specializing in public history, oral history, and documentary filmmaking, his debut film The Ordinance Project won the Celebration of Courage Award for best feature-length documentary at the 2018 OUT HERE NOW Film Festival.

An interdisciplinary scholar in American History and the Foundations of Education, his research interests include the history of education, civil rights, and the politics of gender and sexuality. 

Williams is in his fourth year as a graduate instructor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he teaches courses in American History, Kansas City Gay and Lesbian History, and Public Urban Education.


He is currently contracted with the University Press of Kansas and recently authored a curriculum guide which will accompany the educational version of the award-winning film, The Lavender Scare.