Steven C. Williams

Steven C. Williams

Academic Technologist

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Current State

An historian, an autodidact and a polyglot, Steven C. Williams is currently an academic technologist at the Dominguez Hills campus of the California State University system where he administers the campus learning management system. His position allows him to facilitate the integration of teaching and learning technologies with faculty, staff and students. His academic background combined with his autodidactic interests in the computational arts* has allowed him to develop a unique skillset among colleagues both inside and outside academia.
*i.e, he’s a longtime self-taught computer geek with server, coding and database experience


  • Social networks and learning
  • Digital power and social equity
  • Brazilian history and politics


  • PhD in History, 1994

    University of California, Los Angeles

  • BA in History, 1985

    California State University, Fullerton



Program Consultant

AIDS Project Los Angeles

Jun 2015 – Nov 2018 Los Angeles, California
Helped the APLA team develop in-house training modules for clients throughough the greater Southern California region.

Information Technology Consultant – Expert

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Jun 1999 – Present Carson, California

Hired as an emergency replacement for a part-time summer contract, the job morphed into a full management position of the campus Blackboard server. Eventually played key role developing the entire campus learning management infrastructure including:

  • Planning
  • Analysing
  • Deploying
  • Maintenance

Adjunct Professor

Loyola Marymount University, Department of History

Sep 1994 – May 1995 Los Angeles, California
Taught a variety of courses on the history of Latin America and Brazil. Experimented with email-based assignment submission from students which was a first of its kind at LMU.

Adjunct Professor

University of New Mexico, Department of History

Sep 1993 – May 1994 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Taught a variety of courses on the history of Latin America and Brazil.

Adjunct Professor

Middlebury College, Department of History

Sep 1991 – May 1992 Middlebury, Vermont
Taught a variety of courses on the history of Latin America and Brazil.

Program Coordinator

UCLA International Studies and Overseas Programs (ISOP)

Jun 1988 – May 1999 Los Angeles, California
Developed annual ISOP summer programs for local area K-12 teachers on Latin America between 1988-1999. Beginning in 1996, worked intensively on developing the first online web presence for the Center for Near Eastern Studies.



family | friends | colleagues | IndieWeb


English | Portuguese | Spanish


HTML | CSS | markdown | Apache and Nginx web services | Debian Linux | Microsoft Windows


photography | cycling | long distance travel


“Prelude for Disaster: The Politics and Structures of Urban Hygiene in Rio de Janeiro, 1808-1860,” Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994.


“Leading the Cohort across the Divide: Recent Best Practices to Enhance Cohort Teaching and Learning,” in Crossing the Bridge of the Digital Divide A Walk with Global Leaders, ed. Anthony H. Normore and Antonia Issa Lahera (Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing, 2018).

“Nationalism and Public Health: The Convergence of Rockefeller Foundation Technique and Brazilian Federal Authority During the Time of Yellow Fever, 1925-1930,” in Missionaries of Science: The Rockefeller Foundation and Latin America, ed. Marcos Cueto (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1994).

“The International Health Board and Changing Urban/Rural Relations in Brazil,” Research Reports for the Rockefeller Archive Center, Spring 1990.


“Ahab is for ever Ahab, man. This whole act’s immutably decreed." – Herman Melville, Moby Dick