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Brian N. Williams

Associate Professor
Unit: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Department: Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Office location and address
L044 Garrett Hall
235 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1995
Biography

I am an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, after previous faculty appointments at Florida State University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia (UGA), as well as administrative appointments at UGA and Vanderbilt.  My research centers on issues related to demographic diversity, local law enforcement, and public governance, with special attention devoted tothe co-production of public safety and public order. I am interested in understanding how the assorted experiences and perceptions of officers and members of the public affect the formation and functioning of their working partnerships to understand and mitigate or address community problems. I am currently involved in research projects that study how law enforcement professionals experience and manage work related trauma that they encounter during their daily routine.  

I am the author of Citizen Perspectives on Community Policing: A Case Study in Athens, GA(State University of New York Press) and have published in leading journals in public administration, public management, community psychology, education, and police studies. My research and engagement efforts have resulted in an appointment to serve on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Trust Advisory Board as well as invitations to speak or participate in various gatherings, including the National Policy Summit on Community-Police Relations hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 2014; the Trending Issues in Policing Summit hosted by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in 2016; the Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Agencies Program Development Roundtable hosted by the National Institute of Justice in 2016;  the Kettering Foundation’s Research Day in February of 2017; the Expert Review Panel for the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Survey hosted by United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2018; and the 50thAnniversary of the Minnowbrook Conference hosted by Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2018. 

DCJS At the Intersection Workshop
Source: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice
August 01, 2021 – November 30, 2021
Courageous Conversations
Source: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice
November 01, 2020 – October 31, 2021
Blue Youth and U engagement
Source: City Of Charlottesville
June 07, 2021 – August 31, 2021
BA-Blue Youth and U engagement
Source: City Of Charlottesville
July 23, 2021 – August 31, 2021
Police Organizational Culture and Cimate
Source: Research Analysis Group, LLC
March 01, 2021 – July 31, 2021
Courageous Conversations
Source: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice
July 27, 2020 – November 01, 2020
LPPS 3310: Police-Community Relations: Problems and Prospects
Credits: 3
The current state of US police-community relations is in a precarious condition. Recent incidents of negative police-citizen encounters resulting in deaths of unarmed citizens & police officers has affected public trust & confidence in local law enforcement. Class focuses on problems of police-community relations & deliberates prospects for policy solutions. Students develop & present policy proposals to address a particular problem.
LPPP 3559: New Course in Public Policy and Leadership
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
LPPP 4559: New Course in Public Policy and Leadership
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
LPPP 4991: Capstone Seminar
Credits: 3
Students will produce a report providing an analysis of the problem, the policy options available, and their action recommendations. Students will improve their ability to work in teams and hone their written and oral presentation skills.
LPPP 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent study in the field of public policy and leadership.
LPPP 5540: Applied Policy Clinics
Credits: 2
Applied Policy Clinics Topics Course
LPPS 6850: Co-Creation&Co-Productn:Policies,Programs&Practice
Credits: 3
Course is designed to explore & emphasize the challenges & opportunities that policymakers, public administrators & non-profit managers have in engaging the public in the co-creation of public policies, the co-production (planning, designing, delivery,& evaluation) of programs & services & the related implications for professional practices.
LPPP 7559: New Course in Public Policy and Leadership
Credits: 3
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
LPPP 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.