Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. Her scholarly research focuses on administrative law, environmental policy, and immigration policy. She is interested in the effects of climate change on the mitigation and adaption policies of local and state governments, comparative immigration and immigrant policies, and the process through which immigrant policies are carried out by local bureaucratic agencies. Ms. Williams was a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow with the Climate Change, Humans, and Nature in the Global Environment IGERT Fellowship program at KU and received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her dissertation titled “Welcoming the Outsider: Local Construction of the Law towards Immigrants.”
She earned her PhD in public administration and her MPA from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Truman State University. She has taught courses on public administration and law, human resources, organizational behavior, project management and public policy analysis. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a project and program manager for private sector information technology companies. She served as the graduate research assistant for Dr. Goodyear during this study.