Dr. Brian Williams

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Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Master of Public Administration 

Ph.D. University of North Texas, Public Administration and Management
M.P.A., Lamar University, Public Administration
B.S., Troy University, Criminal Justice and Military Science
Master Sergeant (U.S. Army, Retired)



  • Williams, Brian D. (Forthcoming) "Understanding where Emergency Management Gets the Knowledge to Solve the Problems they Face: Where are We More Than 20 Years after the IJMED Special Edition Calls on Closing the Gap?" International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disaster
  • Williams, Brian D. and James P. Nelson (2021) "Media, Governance and Ebola: What Local Government Needs to Understand about Media Influence of Response Operations When the Improbable Becomes Reality?" Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Vol. 18, Issue 1, Pp. 67-91. https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/jhsem-2017-0074/html 
  • Mann, Jim P. and Brian D. Williams (2021) "Policing in the Eye of the Storm" Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology Vol. 36, Pp. 183-192 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11896-020-09394-y 
  • Williams, Brian D. and Gary R. Webb (2021) "Social Vulnerability and Disaster: Understanding the Perspectives of Practitioners" Disasters Vol. 45, Issue 2, Pp. 278-295 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.12422 
  • Williams, Brian D. and Gary R. Webb (2020) "Vulnerability and Disaster: Practitioner Strategies for Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Populations" Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Vol. 17, Issue 2, Pp. 1-13 https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/jhsem-2018-0063/html 
  • Williams, Brian D., Jesus Valero, Kyungwoo Kim (2018) Social Media, Trust, and Disaster: Does Trust in Public and Nonprofit Organizations Explain Social Media Use During a Disaster? Quality and Quantity, 52 (2): 537-550
  • Vanderleeuw, James, Jason Sides, Brian D. Williams (2015) "An Advanced Degree in Public Administration - is it valued by City Councils? Public Administration Quarterly, Vol. 39, Issue 3, Pp. 453-483
  • Williams, Brian D. (2015) "Social, Legal, Legislative Challenges to Disaster Management." Review of "Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-Legal Perspectives" eds. Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, and Luke Nottage, Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia, Vol. 14, Issue 2, Pp. 81-86