Prof. Dr. Timothy Williams

has been Junior Professor of Insecurity and Social Order at the Department of Social Sciences and Public Affairs since December 2019.

Prof. Dr. Timothy Williams

His research and teaching deals with genocide and mass violence, perpetrators and victims of this violence, as well as with the politics of remembering violence. His main interests are focused on both dynamics during violence, as well as on their consequences for post-violence societies and the politics of memory within these. In particular, his research interrogates dynamics at the micro-level, for example asking why people participate in genocide, how victims perceive justice in transitional justice processes after violence, or how the roles of perpetrator, victim and hero are ascribed in the memory of violence. Timothy Williams’ research is empirical and builds on data collected in extensive field research. Regionally, he specializes in violence in Southeast Asia, in particular Cambodia, but has a broader comparative research interest.

After studying political science in Mannheim and comparative politics at the London School of Economics, Prof. Williams completed his PhD at the Centre for Conflict Studies of Marburg University. His PhD has since been acknowledged with two awards, one by the university of Marburg, the other by the German Peace Psychologist Association. He was also a postdoc and project leader of various projects at the Centre for Conflict Studies in Marburg before he moved to the Bundeswehr University Munich. Timothy Williams is a member of the executive board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and is section editor of the Journal of Perpetrator Research. Besides publishing in various journals, he has co-edited a volume on perpetrators (with Susanne Buckley-Zistel, 2018, Routledge).


Department of Social Sciences and Public Affairs