Neftalie Williams, PhD

Neftalie Williams,


Dr. Neftalie Williams is a sociologist and USC Provost's Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and Yale Schwarzman Center's Visiting Fellow in Race, Culture & Community.

Neftalie investigates global issues of race, diversity, identity, and youth empowerment, using the lens of skateboarding and action sports culture. His “Beyond the Board” Study in partnership with USC and The Skatepark Project was featured in the New York Times and is the first national effort to study the impact skateboarding has on young people and their educational and career trajectories.

As the first Sports Envoy for Skateboarding for the U.S. Department of State, Neftalie introduced the concept of skateboarding as a tool for cultural diplomacy in both theory and practice. Additionally, he co-founded the College Skateboarding Educational Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to creating scholarships for young skateboarders pursuing higher education, and serves on the boards of The Skatepark Project (formerly Tony Hawk Foundation), Skateistan, and McKinnon Center for Global Affairs. He also chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for USA Skateboarding.

Neftalie Williams, PhD
he, him
Visiting Fellow in Race, Culture & Community

PO Box 208299
New Haven, CT 06520