Kim Williams

Associate Professor





On Sabbatical until Fall 2019




Ph.D., Cornell University

Kim M. Williams is Associate Professor of Political Science. Her research and teaching focus on social movements, immigration, and racial politics in the United States. Her book, Mark One or More: Civil Rights in Multiracial America (University of Michigan Press, 2006), shows that even modest social movements can have profound effects on public policy.  Among other places, her work has appeared in Studies in American Political Development, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Daedalus, Frontera Norte, and the Journal of African American Studies.

Williams was an assistant professor at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2000-2010. Currently, she is writing a book about immigrant rights, civil rights, and white backlash. She will continue this work while on sabbatical (2018-19) as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.