Co-Chair, Department of Political Science
Office Location: Meredith 212
Kieran Williams has been teaching at Drake since Spring 2004. Previously he taught 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 DPhil from Oxford.
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, studies of the creation of new intelligence agencies and electoral systems in post-Communist countries, and a biography of the writer-statesman Václav Havel. He is also the co-editor of a collection of essays on Havel, a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, and occasional blogger on Medium.
The courses Dr. Williams teaches include the following: