Dr. Neftalie Williams

Expert in skateboarding business, media and culture; cultural diplomacy

Provost Postdoctoral Scholar

USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media, and Society

Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (IDEA)


  • race, ethnicity in sports
  • racism
  • politics
  • sporting mega-events
  • multiculturalism
  • diversity
  • sports diplomacy
  • action sports
  • sports communication
  • sports and culture
  • skateboarding
  • Olympics
  • public diplomacy
  • popular culture
  • cross-cultural exchange
  • globalization
  • U.S.-Cuba relations”

Additional Information

  • Investigates global issues of diversity, identity, and youth empowerment, using the lens of action sports culture.
  • Contributions and commentary featured in the NY Times, the LA Times, the BBC and national and international media
  • Academic and skateboarding envoy for the US State Department
  • Founded “”The Nation Skate,”” a series of public panels, lectures, skateboarding demonstrations, exploring the relationship between skateboarding, academia and culture at The Kennedy Center, the Ford Theater


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