Religion and politics, transnational migration, democratization, social movements, and civil-military relations.
Central America, Peru, Comparative, Colombia
Philip Williams is Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He also co-directs the Program for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change (PIRSC). Williams received his M.Phil in Latin American Studies and D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford in 1987.
He is co-author of Living "Illegal": The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration (The New Press, 2011), Militarization and Demilitarization in El Salvador's Transition to Democracy (University of Pittsburgh 1997), author of The Catholic Church and Politics in Nicaragua and Costa Rica (Macmillan 1989), and co-editor of A Place to Be: Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Mexican Immigrants in Florida’s New Destinations (Rutgers University Press, 2009) and Christianity, Globalization, and Social Change in the Americas (Rutgers University 2001).
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 the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, Fulbright, North-South Center, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Embassy – Panama, and the United States Agency for International Development.