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Kieran Williams

Assistant Professor
Co-Chair, Department of Political Science
Office Location: Howard 229
515-271-4522
kieran.williams@drake.edu

Kieran Williams has been teaching at Drake since Spring 2004. Previously he taught for nine years at University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies, where he was an associate professor in politics and a frequent consultant to the UK Foreign Office. He received his A.B. from Princeton and D.Phil from Oxford University (UK).

A comparativist and specialist in the politics of Central and Eastern Europe, he has authored or co-authored four books, including a prize-winning account of the 1968 events in Czechoslovakia and a biography of the writer-statesman Václav Havel. He is also a regular reviewer for the (London) Times Literary Supplement. In 2013 he was invited to give the annual Masaryk Lecture in London, comparing the breakup of Czechoslovakia to Scotland's possible separation from the UK; the resulting paper can be read at History & Policy.

The courses Dr. Williams teaches include the following:

  • POLS 065: COMPARATIVE POLITICS
  • POLS 129: TRANSITIONS TO DEMOCRACY
  • POLS 131: NATIONALISM AND POLITICS IN EASTERN EUROPE,
  • POLS 137: THE US & IRAN
  • POLS 160: MODERN EUROPEAN POLITICAL SYSTEMS,
  • POLS 161: POLITICS IN RUSSIA AND FORMER SOVIET UNION
  • POLS 166: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS,
  • POLS 167: SUPREME COURTS AND ELECTIONS
  • POLS 168: POLITICS AND PARLIAMENTS
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