James Herbert Williams, PhD., is the Arizona Centennial Professor of Social Welfare Services and Director of the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. He holds his MSW from Smith College, MPA from the University of Colorado and PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Washington. He previously served as Dean and holder of the Milton Morris Endowed Chair and the Distinguished Emil M. Sunley Endowed Chair at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Dr. Williams is Distinguished Professor in the School of Sociology, China University of Political Science and Law and the Interim Director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University.
Dr. Williams’ research and publications focus on human security and economic sustainability, health promotion and disease prevention, behavioral health disparities and health equity, global practice and sustainable development, one health, adolescent violence and substance use, intimate partner violence, academic achievement, social services for African American children in urban schools, and community strategies for positive youth development. His scholarship and research are available in several prominent journals, books, and book chapters.
Dr. Williams has 30 plus years of experience as a scholar/educator and social work practitioner. He has collaborated with the United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Global Risk Forum, University of Nairobi, University of Botswana, China Youth University for Political Studies, African Network for Animal Welfare and Educo Africa on research and education projects. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative. He is a Fellow in the American Academy for Social Work & Social Welfare, Society for Social Work and Research and chair the National Advisory Committee for the Fahs Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation.