John Williams was appointed to the faculty in 1983. Currently in his second term as chair of the Political Science department, Williams has also served as chair of the Mass Communication department and head of the Social Sciences unit. In addition, Williams is co-director of Asian Studies as well as an adjunct professor of international relations at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, teaching courses in Chinese and Indian politics.
Before coming to Principia, Williams spent five years with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and maintained a solo civil law practice in northern Virginia for several years. He also has three years experience as a correspondent for The (Alton, IL) Telegraph andis the author of Guide to International Legal Research (Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1990) and editor of Career Preparation and Opportunities in International Law (American Bar Association, second edition, 1984).
In 1988, Professor Williams received the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. He is completing his doctorate in political communication at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At Principia, Williams has directed adult or undergraduate study trips to Vietnam, Mongolia, China, Tibet, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Washington, D.C. His deep interest in Asia began in childhood when he lived in India and Thailand due to his father’s career as a military officer and diplomat. His subsequent travels throughout Asia have taken him to Malaysia, Laos, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Cambodia, and South Korea.
Williams’ many professional writings have appeared in publications including The Security Journal, The Turkish Journal of Police Studies, The International Communications Bulletin, World Intelligence Review, and the Broadcast Education Association. His ongoing research project on the lives of African Americans in Jersey County—the county in which Principia College is located—has been published in a series of articles in the Jersey County Journal.
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