Justin C. Williams

Assistant Professor

Main Affiliation

Division of Interdisciplinary Studies (CWE)

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Black Studies Program

Areas of Expertise/Research


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Justin C. Williams


Justin Williams is an associate professor of history at the City College of New York that 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, the 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, 2016). 
Reviewed by Zerihun Berhane Weldegebriel, Addis Ababa University, in African Studies Quarterly, Volume 16, Issue 3/4, 2016
“The Atlanta Compromise Speech,” 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, Social Science Core II, Social Cultural Geography, Africa and the Modern World, Doing Social Research, Black Political Thought, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, Decolonization in Africa and The Caribbean, South Africa in Transition, African American History II, Global History of Nigeria, African Diasporas: Past and Present


Graduate Courses

Graduate Research Methodology, Comparative Slavery in the Americas, Race and Nation in the Americas, Dictatorship in the Americas 

Research Interests

Modern Africa (Regional Focus: Political History of West Africa), Modern United States (Emphasis on African American Political and Social Thought), African Diaspora Studies