The International Relations program is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael John Williams as Clinical Professor and Director of the Program on International Relations. Dr. Williams comes to NYU from the University of London where he was Associate Professor of International Relations. His macro-level research interests are in the area of international security with a functional specialism the nexus of law, war, technology and society. His regional expertise focuses on the security politics of the North Atlantic area. His most recent publications include Between Annihilation and Restraint: Science, Law and Liberalism in the American Way of War (Cambridge UP 2013), co-authored with Dr. Stephanie Carvin (Ottawa), and “The Afghan War, 2001-2012” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (Oxford 2012). He is the editor-in-chief of the journal 'International Politics Reviews'.
Educated at the universities of Delaware, Hamburg, Berlin, Moscow, Bath and London, Michael Williams earned his doctorate at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before taking up his academic post at the University of London, he was the Head of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies and Program Officer for the Leverhulme Project on the Changing Character of War at the University of Oxford.
Dr. Williams has been a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellow at the Bundeswehr Institute for Military History and Social Science in Potsdam; a Robert Bosch Fellow in the Office of the Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Ministry of Defence; a Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford; Visiting Professor of Government at Wesleyan University and a researcher on the Research Partnership on Post-War Statebuilding, a collaborative research project involving 14 scholars from six countries, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
A strong believer in applied academic research Dr. Williams consults extensively on strategic aspects of international relations for policy-makers in the US and Europe, including the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the US Department of Defense, NATO, NATO ACT, the UK Ministry of Defence and the UK Foreign Office. Dr. Williams has also provided both oral and written testimony to the UK House of Commons Defence Select Committee. His analysis has appeared in a number of international outlets including The Guardian (UK), The Financial Times, The Evening Standard, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Army Times, The Navy Times, The Marine Corps Times and The Christian Science Monitor.