Princess H. Williams

Hello & Welcome!

Currently, I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. I study American politics with focuses on behavior, geography, race and ethnic politics, and American political development. My research agenda includes projects measuring sub-national identities and regional cultures in the U.S and examining their influence on American politics. In my current book project, I construct a direct measurement of Southern identity and investigate its relationship with various political attitudes across race.

I have been fortunate to find a great deal of financial support for my work so far. My research has received support from the University of California Presidential Fellows Program, the National Science Foundation Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, the University of Michigan’ Ford Dissertation Fellowship, the University of Michigan’s Center of Political Studies Hanes Walton Jr. Race & Ethnic Politics Grant & Garth Taylor Public Opinion Dissertation Fellowship, among others.

In terms of my personal background, I was born and raised in the heart of the American South, Jackson, MS. In 2014, I received my Bachelors degree in Political Science from Thee Jackson State University. I also completed my Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2016. When I am not thinking about all things relating to politics, culture, and geography, I spend my time painting, building my quote art canvas collection, and photographing nature .