Political Science & International Affairs
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Dr. Gregory P. Williams graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with membership in Phi Beta Kappa. As a Maine Policy Scholar, he studied clean elections and party politics. He also served as vice president of the Maine Outing Club. Williams earned his doctorate at the University of Connecticut. He specialized in international relations and comparative politics. Williams won competitive grants from the president’s office and the multidisciplinary Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering. More information can be found on his personal website, www.gpwilliams.org.
Williams is associate professor of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs. Along with the introductory courses on U.S. national government and international relations, he teaches upper-level courses on foreign relations, globalization, and post-Soviet politics.
Professor Williams writes primarily about international relations, especially on the topics of American hegemony and radical perspectives of political economy. He also writes in the areas of comparative democratization, including social movements and state building, and on contemporary American political thought.
Contesting the Global Order: TheRadical Political Economy of Perry Anderson and Immanuel Wallerstein (Albany:SUNY Press, 2020). Series in New Political Science.
[Reviewed in Choice (“Highly Recommended”), Perspectives on Politics, Contemporary Sociology, New Political Science, the Journal of Economic Literature,and the Journal of World-Systems Research.]
“Social history from a bird’s eye view: Perry Anderson’s theory of international relations,” International Politics 58, no. 2 (2021): 259-277.
“What’s the Matter with Resentment? Richard Hofstadter’s Understanding of Political Paranoia,” American Political Thought 8, no. 4 (2019): 528-551.
“Old Ideas for New Times: Radical History in International Political Economy,” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 17, no. 4 (2018): 429-450.
“Will We Know It When We See It? Contemplating Emergent World-Systems,” Journal of Globalization Studies 9, no. 1 (2018): 14-34.
“When Opportunity Structure Knocks: Separatism in the Soviet Union and Russian Federation,”Social Movement Studies 9, no. 4 (2010): 443-460.
“From Africa to the World: The Sources of Wallerstein’s The Modern World-System,” in The Anthem Companion to Immanuel Wallerstein,” Chamsy el-Ojeili and Patrick Hayden, eds. (London: Anthem Press, under contract).
“World-Systems Analysis as Critical Political Science,” “Perry Anderson,” and “Immanuel Wallerstein” (one chapter and two reference entries), in Encyclopedia of Critical Political Science, Clyde Barrow, ed. (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press, under contract).
Short Pieces (Public Commentary and Scholarly Essays)
“The paranoid president,” Monthly Review Online (August 11, 2020).
“The brutality of capitalism,” Monthly Review Online (July 6, 2020).
“Labor Pragmatism,” Perspectives on Politics 14, no. 1 (2016): 145-146.
Interview with Immanuel Wallerstein (and accompanying essay), “Retrospective on the Origins of World-Systems Analysis,” Journal of World-Systems Research 19, no. 2 (2013): 202-210.
Miscellaneous (Book Reviews and Policy Studies)
“Review of The Modern World-System IV: Centrist Liberalism Triumphant, by Immanuel Wallerstein,” New Political Science 34, no. 3 (2012): 428-431.
“Review of The New Old World, by Perry Anderson,” Socialist History 39 (2011): 100-103.
“Sunset Law In Connecticut” (with Carrie Vibert, lead author), Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee, Connecticut General Assembly, Hartford, CT (2007): 1-61.
Reviews (2010-2014) in Choice Magazine: S. Ridgeway and P. Jacques, The Power of the Talking Stick (2014); A. Carter, People Power and Political Change (2013); I. Clark, Hegemony in International Society (2012); D. Drezner, Theories of International Politics and Zombies (2011); I. Neumann and O. J. Sending, Governing the Global Polity (2011); C. Hill, Grand Strategies (2010); and, A. Hybel, The Power of Ideology (2010).