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Timothy Williams

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Timothy Williams is adjunct faculty member at Boston College School of Social Work where he has taught on global child protection since 2015.

His work centers on the systems that give rise to inequalities and the experiences of those that bear witness, especially children. His work includes a focus on education policy, child protection, human trafficking, and global health. He recently completed a 15-month project with UNICEF focusing on the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on children’s protection and wellbeing.

His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New England Journal of Medicine, World Development, and Comparative Educational Review among others. He has been commissioned to write think pieces for The Brookings Institution, Center for Global Development, and The World Bank.

Timothy’s research includes a decade-long investigation into education policy in Rwanda. This work has received numerous awards, including the 2020 Dudley Seers Prize for best paper published in the Journal of Development Studies and the 2018 Joyce Cain Award from the Comparative and International Education Society of North America.

Timothy received his Ph.D. in international development from University of Bath, his MSc in public health from Harvard, and an MSW from Boston College. In 2017, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Education.


2020: Dudley Seers Memorial Prize for Best Article published in Volume 55 of the Journal of Development Studies for the paper, The Things They Learned: Aspiration, Uncertainty, and Schooling in Rwanda’s Developmental State

2018: Joyce Cain Award for Distinguished Research on People of Africa Descent, from the Comparative and International Education Society, for the 2017 paper, The Political Economy of Primary Education: Lessons from Rwanda published in World Development

2015: Finalist, University of Bath Ede and Ravenscroft Top Research Student Prize

2009: Alumni of the Year for George Fox University

Professional Activities

Senior Associate, Proteknon Consulting Group