Brian Williams

Professor

History

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Liberal Arts 334

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Introduces students to historical method and perspective through comparative study of human societies and cultures. The concept of "civilization" is examined in varied contexts through comparisons of social, economic, and political institutions, as well as systems of thought and religion, from pre-history to around 1400.

Research

Research Interests

  • Conflict in Contemporary Islamic Eurasia (Chechnya, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Macedonia)
  • Nationalism and Identity in the Caucasus/Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan)
  • Ottoman History (with emphasis on nationalism in the Balkans)
  • Transnational jihadi Militant Movements and Al Qaeda terrorism
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