Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Michael C. Williams is Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. His research interests are in International Relations theory, security studies, and political thought. His most recent book (with Rita Abrahamsen) is Security Beyond the State: Private Security in International Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His previous publications include The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Culture and Security: Symbolic Power and the Politics of International Security (Routledge, 2007) and the editor of several books, including most recently, Realism Reconsidered: The Legacy of Hans J. Morgenthau in International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2007). His articles have appeared in journals including the European Journal of International Relations, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Millennium, and the Review of International Studies. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he was Professor of International Politics in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth, and has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Cape Town, Copenhagen, and the European University Institute in Florence.

Telephone : 613-562-5800 ext. 2552
Fax : 613-562-5241
Email : michael.williams@uottawa.ca
Office (building, room number) :
Social Science Building, 6041

Office hours : Monday 15:30 - 16:30 Or by appointment
Wednesday 14:30 - 15:30
  • Full Professor
  • Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies


  • International Security
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Realism and the Theory of International Relations