Assistant Professor


Ph.D., African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching and Research Interests:

African American politics; African American political thought; race and U.S. foreign relations; twentieth century African American history; race and public policy; history of U.S. foreign relations

Current Research:

Ronald Williams’ research is anchored in the interplay between race and politics. He is currently working on two book projects. The first, tentatively titled, "Black Embassy: TransAfrica and the Rise and Fall of the African American Foreign Policy Lobby." His second book project is an edited volume of the collected writings of the late C. Diane Howell (1950-2008), editor and publisher of the Oakland-based newspaper, Black Business Listings and longtime producer of the Oakland Black Expo.

From 2012 to 2013, Ronald was a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley where he taught African American politics, public policy, and reading and composition in the Department of African American Studies.