Carolyn Williams specializes in Victorian poetry, autobiography, theater, and visual culture. She serves as the Director of the Undergraduate Program in English. She is also the Director of the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, the Writers from Rutgers Reading Series, and the Writers House. She leads the Center's Symposium for Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies. Outside of Rutgers, she serves on the Supervisory Board for the English Institute and the Executive Board for the Dickens Project.
The author of Transfigured World: Walter Pater's Aesthetic Historicism (1989) and co-editor of Walter Pater: Transparencies of Desire (with Laurel Brake and Lesley Higgins, 2002), she is currently completing a book on the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan and working on another about the aesthetic form of Victorian melodrama.
She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004-2005, and the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999.