Brian N. Williams

Department of Public Administration and Policy
Associate Professor

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Brian N. Williams is an Associate Professor of Public Administration & Policy in the School of Public & International Affairs at The University of Georgia, after previous faculty appointments at Florida State University and Vanderbilt University.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., The University of Georgia, Public Administration
    • M.P.A., The University of Georgia, Public Administration
    • A.B., The University of Georgia, Public Administration
  • More About

    His research centers on issues related to demographic diversity, local law enforcement, and public governance, with special attention devoted to the co-production of public safety and public order, inclusive of how the experiences and perceptions of individuals affect the formation and functioning of working partnerships between local law enforcement departments and community residents.

    Prof. Williams has served as a trainer, consultant or subject matter expert with police departments or public safety related agencies and other governmental and non-governmental entities, including the San Diego (CA) Police Department, the Metropolitan Nashville (TN) Human Relations Commission,  the State of Illinois Law Enforcement Standards and Training Board Executive Institute and the Spartanburg (SC) Public Safety Department. He has published in leading journals in public administration, community psychology, education, and police studies and is the author of Citizen Perspectives on Community Policing: A Case Study in Athens, GA (State University of New York Press). He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Management & Social Policy and has served on the editorial board of Police Quarterly, and as a reviewer for other academic journals and university and commercial presses, including Oxford University Press, Sage Publications, Bartlett and Jones Publishers, Justice System Quarterly, Public Performance and Management Review, Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, Public Administration Review, Crime & Delinquency, Political Research Quarterly, and Qualitative Sociology.

    In November of 2012, Prof. Williams was designated as a Kavli Fellow during the National Academy of Sciences 24th Annual Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, hosted on the campus of the University of California in Irvine, CA.

  • Areas of Expertise
    • Local Law Enforcement
    • Public Governance
    • Co-Production of Public Safety and Public Order
    • Racial profiling
    • Race & Stigma
  • Course Instruction
  • Research Interests
    • Co-production of public safety and public order
    • Community policing efforts within racial and ethnic communities
    • Community-oriented governance
    • The impact of personal and professional life experiences on the actions and inaction of public administrators
  • Selected Publications
    ARTICLES
    • “An Analysis of Police Traffic Stops and Searches: A Mixed Methods Approach Offering Heuristic and Practical Implications,” with Michael Stahl. Forthcoming, Policy Sciences.
    • “Representing Blue: Representative Bureaucracy and Racial Profiling in the Latino Community,” with Vicky M. Wilkins. Forthcoming, Administration & Society.
    • “Quality of African American Life: An Introduction.” Forthcoming, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy.
    • “Black or Blue: Racial Profiling or Representative Bureaucracy,” with Vicky M. Wilkins. 2008, Public Administration Review, 68(4), 652-662.
    • “Theory into Practice: Linking Psychopolitical Validity with Community Policing.” 2008. Journal of Community Psychology, 36(2), 1-11.
    • “Leadership with an Enduring Impact: The Legacy of Chief Burtell Jefferson of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C.,” with J. Edward Kellough. 2006. Public Administration Review, 66(6), 811-820.
    • “African-American Male Junior Faculty’s Perceptions of Tenure and Promotion: Implications for (Academic) Community Building and Social (Campus) Capital,” with Sheneka M. Williams. 2006.Teachers College Record, 108(2), 244-272.
    BOOKS
    • Citizen Perspectives on Community Policing: A Case Study in Athens, Georgia. 1998. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. 147 pages.
    BOOK CHAPTERS
    • “Perceptions of Bias-Based Policing: Implications for Police Policy and Practice,” with Billy R. Close.Forthcoming in Michael Lynch (ed.) Racial Divide: Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice.
    • “The National Urban League: Reinventing Service in the 21st Century,” with Jennifer A. Wade. 2003. In K. Stanford and O. Johnson (Eds.) Black Political Organizations in the Post-Civil Rights Era. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, pp. 40-53.
    ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES
    • “Diversity in Police Departments.” 2006. In Jack R. Greene (ed.), Encyclopedia of Police Science, 3rd Edition, 2 Vols. (New York: Routledge).
    • “Minorities and the Police.” 2006. In Jack R. Greene (ed.), Encyclopedia of Police Science, 3rd Edition, 2 Vols. (New York: Routledge).
    • “National Organizations of Blacks in Law Enforcement.” 2006. In Jack R. Greene (ed.), Encyclopedia of Police Science, 3rd Edition, 2 Vols. (New York: Routledge).