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Abigail Fisher Williamson
Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Law
Phone: (860) 297-2571 Office Location: Downes Memorial 206
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Trinity College faculty member since 2012
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., Harvard Univ. (2011)
M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School (2003)
B.A., Williams College (1998)

Abigail Fisher Williamson holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Her overarching research agenda uses quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate how and when communities engage to address critical societal issues. Her book Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press) focuses on municipal responses to immigrants and how these policies shape social and political incorporation. She is a co-editor of The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations: Transatlantic Perspectives (Temple University Press, 2017). Her research has received funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ruth Landes Memorial Fund, and Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS). 

From 1998-2001, Professor Williamson worked for the Eurasia Foundation in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, ultimately as Associate Country Director for the Foundation’s Tbilisi, Georgia office.  From 2003-2005, she served as a Research Associate and then as Associate Director of the Saguaro Seminar for Civic Engagement at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

In the classroom, Professor Williamson aims to cultivate civic engagement while enhancing the skills and knowledge necessary to make meaningful contributions.