Michael J. Williams

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Michael Williams

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215 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-9047
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Curriculum Vitae
Michael Williams CV

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  


Michael 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 from the University of London where he was Reader (Associate Professor) 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 and Russia. 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. The author of three books, his most recent 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 AffairsInternational PoliticsInternational PeacekeepingGlobal 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. During his time at the German Ministry of Defense he was special advisor to the Parliamentary State Secretary for Defense. He was also 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.

Williams is currently a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington DC, an affiliate of the think-tank IDEAS at the London School of Economics and co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Politics

Williams 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.