Dr. Timothy Williams is a specialist in the study of childhood, youth, and international development. His work draws from the dual registers of anthropology and sociology to study the introduction and reproduction of social inequalities. Areas of expertise include child protection, education, political economy, and human trafficking. Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in international development from University of Bath, his MSc in public health from Harvard School of Public Health, and his MSW from Boston College School of Social Work. In 2017, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Tim has done work for the Brookings Institution, the World Bank, the International Organization for Migration, Save the Children, and community-based groups. He has published extensively about childhood, education, and international development in post-genocide Rwanda. His paper on education policy in Rwanda, published in World Development, received the 2018 Joyce Cain Award from the Comparative and International Education Society of North America. He is currently under contract to write a book on this topic that will be published by Cambridge University Press.
Williams, T.P. et al (2018). Child protection and sexual exploitation of adolescent girls within and beyond refugee camps in Rwanda. Child Abuse and Neglect, 86, 158-166. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.09.015.
Williams, T.P. (2019-in press). The downsides of dominance: education quality reforms and Rwanda’s political settlement (pp. 86-104).In: Hickey, S. & Hossain, N. (eds). The Politics of Education in Developing Countries. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Williams, T. P. (2016). Oriented towards action: the political economy of primary education in Rwanda. Manchester, UK: The University of Manchester.
Williams, T. P. (2016). Theorizing children’s subjectivity: Ethnographic investigations in rural Rwanda. Childhood, 23(3), 333-347. doi:10.1177/0907568216644031
Williams, T. P. (2017). The political economy of primary education: lessons from Rwanda. World Development, 96, 550-561. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.03.037
Williams, T. P. (2018). The Things They Learned: Aspiration, Uncertainty, and Schooling in Rwanda’s Developmental State. The Journal of Development Studies, 1-16. doi:10.1080/00220388.2018.1453602
Williams, T. P., Abbott, P., & Mupenzi, A. (2015). ‘Education at our school is not free’: the hidden costs of fee-free schooling in Rwanda. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 45(6), 931-952. doi:10.1080/03057925.2014.938611
Williams, T. P., Alpert, E. J., Ahn, R., Cafferty, E., Konstantopoulos, W. M., Wolferstan, N., et al. (2010). Sex trafficking and health care in Metro Manila: identifying social determinants to inform an effective health system response. Health Hum Rights, 12(2), 135-147.
Williams, T. P., Binagwaho, A., & Betancourt, T. S. (2012). Transactional sex as a form of child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rwanda: implications for child security and protection. Child Abuse Negl, 36(4), 354-361. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2011.11.006
Williams, T. P., & Rogers, J. (2014). Rejecting ‘the child’, embracing ‘childhood’: Conceptual and methodological considerations for social work research with young people. International Social Work. doi:10.1177/0020872814539985