Kimberly Williams


BA (History and Theater) Rhode Island College
MA University of Toronto
MA University of Maryland
PhD University of Maryland

Office: EA 3173
Phone: 403-440-8684

Kimberly A. Williams earned her Ph.D. in Women's Studies, with a focus on the gendered, racialized dynamics of US foreign policy, at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation interrogated U.S.-Russian relations in the twelve years between the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The revised book manuscript, entitled Imagining Russia: Toward a Feminist Analysis of American Nationalism in U.S.-Russian Relations, was recently selected as one of three finalists in the SUNY Press Dissertation/First Book Prize in Women's and Gender

Williams is currently working on a project exploring the intersection of government/elite discourse on and popular representation of "violence against women" as a category separate and apart from other kinds of violence. Her teaching and research interests include:

  • Transnational feminist and queer theories and movements
  • Feminist theories of nationalism, militarization, and international relations
  • Men and masculinities in U.S. foreign policy and American nationalism
  • Gender and global restructuring
  • Visual, performance and media culture
  • Feminist and critical pedagogies

In addition to a Ph.D. in Women's Studies, Williams holds an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto, and a dual B.A. in history and theater from Rhode Island College in Providence. You can learn more at