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Krystal L. Williams

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Assistant Professor of Higher Education

Dr. Krystal L. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Georgia Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education.

Her research explores the use of public policies to promote college success for underrepresented students, with an emphasis on the interplay between policy initiatives and students’ various psychosocial factors. Recently, her work has focused on these issues as they relate to (1) broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for underrepresented groups, and (2) reducing students’ economic and academic strains in college. 

Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Dr. Williams was a faculty member at the University of Alabama, as well as a Senior Research Associate at the United Negro College Fund Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (UNCF FDPRI). She currently serves as the Director of the Education Policy & Equity Research Collaborative (Ed_PERC) which advances policy-relevant, equity-focused research on marginalized groups. In addition, Dr. Williams is a research affiliate with the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Williams was a former American Educational Research Association (AERA) Postdoctoral Fellow at Educational Testing Service. She also served as a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), and an Institutional Research Analyst at Washtenaw Community College. 

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Ph.D., Higher Education and Public Policy, University of Michigan
M.S., Mathematics, Clark Atlanta University
B.S., Mathematics, Clark Atlanta University (Valedictorian)

Events featuring Krystal L. Williams
Meigs Hall

The Higher Education Student Society hosts an informal meet and greet with assistant professor Krystal L. Williams on Tuesday, March 15 at 3:30. Refreshments will be provided.

News Featuring Krystal L. Williams
Monday, August 7, 2023 - 11:09am

Krystal L. Williams, assistant professor at the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award of over $600,000 to examine undergraduate academic and…

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 - 8:30am

by Jewel Caruso

Krystal L. Williams, assistant professor at the McBee Institute, co-published an article in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering with Leonard D. Taylor, associate professor at Auburn University.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 8:35am

Krystal L. Williams, assistant professor at the McBee Institute, was presented with the Excellence in Public Policy in Higher Education Award this past week at the ASHE Conference.

This award recognizes an individual who shows excellence in their…

Monday, May 23, 2022 - 2:58pm

Krystal L. Williams, assistant professor of higher education in the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education, received the 2022 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award.

Friday, April 8, 2022 - 2:18pm

The McBee Institute of Higher Education congratulates Dr. Krystal L. Williams for receiving the 2022 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award.

This honor recognizes Dr. Williams’ research on education policy and equity issues via the…

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 12:51pm

In her interview with ABC News affiliate WXYZ, Dr. Williams highlights the funding challenges Historically Black Colleges and Universities have faced over the years and their long-term impacts on HBCU students.

“[HBCUs] have a long-standing…

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 2:34pm

The Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Krystal L. Williams as assistant professor of higher education, effective January 1, 2022.

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