Crystal Williams entered the Ph.D. program at Michigan State University in the Fall of 2015. She received her B.A. from Kutztown University where she was a dual major in Political Science and Philosophy. Her general research interests include conflict, post-conflict justice and the role of transitional justice mechanisms on democratization. While at Kutztown University she wrote a paper titled Truth Commissions, International Aid, and Democratic Stability in Transitional Democracies. She presented this paper on the Comparative Politics: Transitions Toward Democracy panel at the 2012 Midwest Political Science Association Conference.
She attended culinary school after high school. The joy of cooking has stuck with her all this time and she will most likely be found cooking/baking in her free time. While the bread is rising, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and reading. She loves the outdoors. She is an avid camper and hiker. She has hiked in many places, most notably in Denali National Park, Alaska, and Glacier National Park, Montana.