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Kenneth C. Williams

Office: 317 S. Kedzie
Phone: 517-355-6604

Kenneth C. Williams is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. Professor Williams received his PhD in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin. He also had a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a visiting Associate Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Professor Williams’ research has revolved around experimental methods. His primary focus is behavioral game theory which is the incorporation of psychological explanations to explain outcomes in game theory models. He has written books on presidential primaries and game theory. His book with Rebecca Morton on experimental methodology won “Best Experimental Book Published in 2010” for the American Political Science Association Experimental Research Section.Professor Williams has been principal investigator on several National Science Foundation grants. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Experimental Economics, Public Choice, The Journal of Theoretical Politics, Economics and Politics, and Simulation and Games. He also has numerous chapters in edited volumes on formal theory and experimental methods.

Recent Publications

  • Kenneth C. Williams. Introduction to Game Theory: A Behavioral Approach. Oxford University Press UK (In production expected July 2012)
  • Rebecca Morton and Kenneth C. Williams 2011. Experimental Political Science and the study of causality: From Nature to the Lab. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge UK.
  • Anna Bassi, Rebecca Morton, Kenneth C. Williams. 2011. “The Effect of Identities, Incentives, and Information on Voting.”  Journal of Politics.Vol. 73, No. 2, April 2011, Pp. 1–14.
  • Rebecca Morton and Kenneth C. Williams. “Electoral Systems and Strategic Voting: Laboratory Election Experiments 2011.” in Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science. Eds. James N. Druckman, Donald P. Green, James H. Kuklinski, and Arthur Lupia.
  • Rebecca Morton and Kenneth C. Wiliams. 2010 “Formal Political Theory,” in International Encyclopedia of Political Science. CQ Press.
  • Sugato Dasgupta, Kirk A. Randazzo, and Reggie S. Sheehan, and Kenneth C. Williams 2009. “Coordinated voting in Sequential and Strategic Elections: Some Experimental Evidence.” Experimental Economics.