Joe Williams is a graduate student in the Department of Government. He earned dual B.A. degrees in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Kentucky. Following his graduation from UK, Joe spent the following eight years on active duty in the United States Army, eventually rising to the rank of Captain. He deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) to Bosnia-Herzegovina for a 5 month peacekeeping tour in 2001. Later he deployed with 1st Armored Division during two different combat tours in Iraq (2003-2004& 2006-2007). Joe has been a Tank Platoon Leader, a Scout Platoon Leader, an Assistant Brigade Operations Officer, and commanded both a Tank Company and a Heavy Brigade Headquarters Company. Following his second tour in Iraq, Joe was unable to resist the siren song of the Ivory Tower.
Joe's principal research interest is studying the rules and structures which govern US Congressional committees. His secondary research interest is using GIS to study the spatial aspects of political activity.