Justin C. Williams

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies (CWE)

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Black Studies Program

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Modern Africa
  • African Diaspora
  • Modern United States


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Justin C. Williams


Justin Williams is an associate professor of history at the City College of New York who specializes in the politics of modern Africa and its diasporas. He is author of the book Pan-Africanism in Ghana: African Socialism, Neoliberalism, and Globalization​, part of Toyin Falola’s Africa in The World Series on the Carolina Academic Press (2016). Williams has also published articles in African Studies, Journal of Pan African Studies, and the two-volume encyclopedia 50 Events That Shaped African American History.  In his spare time, he is an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals, Sporting Kansas City, University of Missouri Tigers and New Jersey Devils. 

Pan-Africanism Ghana: African Socialism, Neoliberalism and Globalization (Carolina Academic Press, 2015)


Reviewed by Zerihun Berhane Weldegebriel, Addis Ababa University, in African Studies Quarterly, Volume 16, Issue 3/4, 2016


With Bobby R. Holt, “Atlanta Compromise, 1895” in 50 Events That Shaped African American History (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Greenwood, 2019)

“The “Rawlings Revolution” and rediscovery of the African Diaspora in Ghana (1983-2015),” African Studies, Vol.74 (3) – December 2015

“New Africa in the World Coming to Harlem: A retrospective comparison of Jerry Rawlings & Thomas Sankara,” Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol.7 (7)- December 2014



PhD in History, Stony Brook University
MA in History, Stony Brook University
BA in History, Columbia College (Mo.)

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • Africa Since Independence (IAS/BLST  31115) 
  • African Diasporas: Past and Present (IAS 31505)
  • Africa in Modern World History (IAS 31140)
  • African American History II: Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter (IAS 31501)
  • Social Cultural Geography (IAS 31291)
  • Doing Social Research (IAS 10800)
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (IAS 24200)
  • Decolonization in Africa and The Caribbean (HIST 31354)
  • Black Political Thought (BLST 31101) 
  • Interdisciplinary Global Studies (IAS 10300)
    Online Courses​​​​​​
  • South Africa in Transition (IAS 31134)
  • Global History of Nigeria (IAS 31141)

Graduate Courses

  • Graduate Research Methodology (IAS A5010) 
  • Comparative Slavery in the Americas (IAS A6020)                                                                             
  • Race and Nation in the Americas (IAS A6111)                                                                                       
  • Dictatorship in the Americas (IAS A7010)