Austin R. Williams is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City whose current work focuses on Kansas City’s response to the AIDS epidemic and its impact upon LGBTQ civil rights.


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 Kansas City LGBT Film Festival.


Williams is in his fourth year as a graduate instructor at UMKC where he teaches courses in American History, LGBTQ History, and Public Urban Education. He is currently contracted with the University Press of Kansas.