Michael J. Williams
Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Director, Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR), Executive Master of International Relations (EMIR) programs
Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education with Merit, 2011
University of London, United Kingdom
Ph.D. in International Relations, 2006
London School of Economics & Political Science, United Kingdom
M.A. with Distinction in Contemporary European History, 2003
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany
University of Bath, United Kingdom
John Williams joined the Department of Public Administration and
International Affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
as associate professor in fall 2020. He teaches courses on great power conflict,
transatlantic relations and international security.
Prior to joining Syracuse University, Williams was Clinical Professor of
International Relations and Director of the International Relations Program at
New York University from 2014-2020. He arrived in New York for the University
of London where he was Reader in International Relations. He previously had
been Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Royal United
Institute for Defense and Security Studies in London.
Williams’ research focuses functionally on international
security with a regional concentration in twentieth-century Europe. He has
published extensively in both academic and policy outlets on the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization, as well as on issues of war and technology. His last book
was Science, Law and Liberalism in the American
Way of War: The Quest for Humanity in Conflict (Cambridge University Press).
His work has been published in journals such as International Affairs, International
Politics, International Peacekeeping,
Global Governance and Cooperation & Conflict.
Williams is a Fellow of the Inter-University Seminar on
the Armed Forces and the Royal Society for the Arts (UK). He has been a term
member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and a Senior Associate
Scholar at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington D.C. He held a Bosch Fellowship in the German
Ministry of Defense, a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford’s
Rothermere American Institute, and a DAAD Fellowship at the Bundeswehr Center
for Social Science in Potsdam. He was an investigator in the Sustainable Peacebuilding
Network, a collaborative research project involving 20 scholars from six
countries, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He is currently a
Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States in
Washington DC and co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Politics.
earned an Honors BA with Distinction from the University of Delaware, his MA
with Distinction from the Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin and his Ph.D. (2006)
from London School of Economics & Political Science.