Neftalie Williams

Expert in skateboarding business, media and culture; cultural diplomacy

Adjunct Professor, USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

Research Director, USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society


  • skate diplomacy
  • sports diplomacy
  • action sports
  • sports communication
  • sports and culture
  • skateboarding
  • Olympics
  • public diplomacy
  • diplomacy
  • popular culture
  • race and ethnicity
  • cross-cultural exchange
  • globalization
  • U.S.-Cuba relations
  • media and content creation

Additional Information

  • First professor of skateboarding business, media and culture in the U.S.

  • First academic and skateboarding envoy for the U.S. campaign to integrate Syrian refugees into  Europe.

  • Received the 2016 USC Black Alumni Award for his pioneering work using skateboarding as a tool for cultural diplomacy.

  • Demonstrates how skateboarding creates a construct identity and global culture which provides a common language and shared experience amongst a diverse transnational community.

  • Chairman of Cuba-Skate

  • Featured in the Atlantic, Washighton Post, PBS News Hour, L.A. Times

  • Founding member of the Maloof Skateboarding Organization

  • Photographer and content creator for Transworld Skateboarding

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