Ryan J. Williams

Visiting Assistant Professor of Poltics

Associations

Politics

Roger Williams Hall, Room 229

207-786-6288rwilliams@bates.edu

About

The University of Georgia (A.B., 2013; A.B.J., 2013)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A., 2015; Ph.D., 2019)

Ryan Williams received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019. His research and teaching focus on American judicial politics, political institutions, criminal justice, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Studies in American Political DevelopmentPS: Political Science and Politics, Justice System Journal, and the Journal of Political Science Education. He has also contributed to edited volumes published by Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, and Equinox. Ryan is the co-author of the forthcoming volume, The U.S. Criminal Justice System: A Reference Handbook. He previously served as the pre-law advisor for the University of South Alabama, where he received the 2021-2022 Academic Advising Award for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Previous Courses Taught

Judicial Process

Intro to Criminal Justice

Administrative Law

Civil Rights and Liberties

The U.S. Supreme Court

Media and Politics

U.S. Government

Political Parties and Elections

Expertise

Current Courses

Winter Semester 2024

PLTC 115
U.S. Political Institutions and Processes

PLTC 285
The Politics of U.S. Law

Short Term 2024

PLTCS 21
How to Get Away with Murder: Exploring Criminal Law and Justice through TV and Film