Princess H. Williams

Hello & Welcome!

Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor (tenure-track beginning July 2022) in the Department of Political Science at Amherst. 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 context and examining their role in shaping American politics. In my dissertation 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 dissertation research has received support from 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 addition to research, I enjoy engaging with students in the classroom. I have served as a teaching assistant for several undergraduate courses: Liberalism and its Critics; American Political Thought; The American Executive Chief; and American Constitutional Politics. I have also served as a teaching assistant for the Race, Ethnicity, and Quantitative Methods summer course offered by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Additionally, I have also served as a Research Mentor for undergraduate students: a part of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Lastly, I was invited to serve as a Research Mentor at a national undergraduate summer research symposium organized by the Leadership Alliance – Summer Research Early Identification Program.

Beyond the classroom, I maintain a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. During my graduate career, I have served on the executive board of several graduate organizations at Michigan: Rackham Graduate Student Government (RSG), Students of Color of at Rackham (SCOR), Political Scientists of Color (PSOC), and the Alliance of Graduate Education & the Professoriate (AGEP). In these roles, I advocated for equity, inclusion, and students’ needs at meetings with the deans of various schools and colleges as well as the university president, provost, and chief diversity officer. I also organized conferences and created space for underrepresented students to receive mentorship, support, and professional development. Likewise, I served on the department’s graduate admissions committee, the University’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board, and as a graduate student host for the political science department’s annual Emerging Scholars Conference.

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 enjoy my time painting, building my quote art canvas collection, and photographing nature .

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