Laron Williams

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Working Title
Professor/Director of Graduate Studies
People Type
615 Locust Street
Research Emphasis

Dr. Williams’ research interests include examining political behavior in advanced democracies, creating methods to improve substantive interpretation of empirical models, and exploring the domestic political consequences of foreign policy. His research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and the British Journal of Political Science, among others.


Laron K. Williams joined the political science department in 2011 after spending two years at Texas Tech University. He has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and a B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (Undergraduate) (PS 2700)
  • Introduction to Political Analysis (PS 3000)
  • Comparative Political Behavior (PS 4770)
  • Introductory Statistics for Political Science (PS 4000/7000)
  • Maximum Likelihood Estimation (PS 9040)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (Graduate) (PS 9600)
Selected Publications

“All Economics Is Local: Spatial Aggregations of Economic Information”, Political Science Research and Methods forthcoming (with David Fortunato and Clint S. Swift)

“Long-Term Effects for Models with Temporal Dependence”, Political Analysis Spring 2016

“Don’t Stand So Close to Me: Spatial Contagion Effects and Party Competition”, American Journal of Political Science April 2015 (with Guy D. Whitten)

“Updating the Party Government Dataset”, Electoral Studies June 2014 (with Katsunori Seki)

“Predictably Unpredictable: The Effects of Conflict Involvement on the Error Variance of Vote Models”, the British Journal of Political Science April 2014 (with David J. Brule)

“But Wait, There’s More! Maximizing Substantive Inferences from TSCS Models”, the Journal of Politics July 2012 (with Guy D. Whitten)

“Unsuccessful Success? Failed No-Confidence Motions, Competence Signals, and Electoral Support,” Comparative Political Studies November 2011

“Buttery Guns and Welfare Hawks: the Politics of Defense Spending in Advanced Democracies,” the American Journal of Political Science January 2011 (with Guy D. Whitten)

Additional Publications
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