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Philip J. Williams


Director, Center for Latin American Studies

Ph.D, Oxford, 1986


Philip Williams is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies. He also co-directs theLatin American Immigrants in the New South Project. Williams received his M.Phil in Latin American Studies and D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford in 1986.

He is author of The Catholic Church and Politics in Nicaragua and Costa Rica(Macmillan 1989), Militarization and Demilitarization in El Salvador’s Transition to Democracy (University of Pittsburgh 1997), and co-editor ofChristianity, Globalization, and Social Change in the Americas (Rutgers University 2001) and A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican Immigrants in Florida’s New Destinations (Rutgers University Press, 2009).

His scholarly work has appeared in numerous edited volumes and journals such as Comparative Politics, Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Research Review, Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, Latin American Perspectives, Latino Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Journal of Church and State.

Williams has received a number of prestigious fellowships and grants from Fulbright, North-South Center, United States Institute of Peace, Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Recently he received a major grant from the Ford Foundation to support a three-year study on Latin American immigrants in the New South.