James H. Williams

James H. Williams, Ed.D.


  • Chair holder of the UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development at The George Washington University.
  • He has done extensive educational development work in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
  • He worked at USAID in the Africa Bureau for two years, has taught in Japan for a number of years and serves as Director of GW’s International Education Program.


  • Undergraduate degree in religion and East Asian studies
  • Masters degree in English language teaching
  • Doctorate from Harvard University in international educational planning, administration, and policy.

Teaching & Research Interests

  • He teaches classes in education and development.
  • His research interests include education and conflict; education for marginalized and conflict-affected populations; decentralization and administrative reform; education and health, equity and achievement in large cross-national data sets, and the internationalization of higher education.
  • His recent research includes work in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia as well as Japan, and, several years ago, the Philippines and Bangladesh. He is currently editing a series of books entitled (Re)Constructing Memory: School Textbooks, Identity, and the Politics and Pedagogies of Imagining Community.