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Annette Williams holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Women's Spirituality from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco as well an M.A. in psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and archetypal approaches. Research interests have centered on healing from sexual trauma at the level of the soul that involves reclamation of the powerful erotic (à la Audre Lorde) and libidinal (à la Jung) energies suppressed by assault. While at CIIS she has continued to explore the theme of wounded female sexuality, expanding the discussion to more fully expound upon socio-historical and cultural influences.
From 2009-10 she served as co-chairperson of the Goddess Studies section of the American Academy of Religion/Western Region.
An initiate within and student of the Yorùbá Ifá tradition, Annette has had the privilege of lecturing on the philosophy and lived reality of this West African religion. Her dissertation, "Our Mysterious Mothers: The Primordial Feminine Power of Àjé in the Cosmology, Mythology, and Historical Reality of the West African Yoruba," takes up the theme of women's spiritual power and agency within the tradition.