Charles Williams

Associate Professor ; Graduate Faculty
Williams, Charles

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: GWP 234
Phone: 253-692-4790
Schedule: On sabbatical


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2005.



I teach courses in American politics and labor studies. My courses are linked by a concern with the nature of political and economic power and the study of how such power is achieved and used over time by conflicting interests in society.

Courses I currently teach at UW Tacoma include Introduction to American Politics, The American Presidency, PPE Senior Capstone on the New Deal, Community and Labor Organizing in a Multicultural Perspective, Introduction to Labor Studies, Labor Rights and Human Rights, and American Labor since the Civil War.

Recent Publications

  • with Mark Pendras, "Urban Stasis and the Politics of Alternative Development in the United States," Urban Geography 2013 34(3), pp. 289-304.
  • "Group Man and the Limits of Working-Class Politics: The Political Vision of Steinbecks In Dubious Battle," in A Political Companion to Steinbeck, eds. Cyrus Zirakzadeh and Simon Stow (University of Kentucky Press, 2013), pp. 119-145.
  • "Americanism and Anti-Communism: The UAW and Repressive Liberalism before the Red Scare," Labor History 2012 53(4), pp. 495-515.
  • "Reconsidering CIO Political Culture: Briggs Local 212 and the Sources of Militancy in the Early UAW," Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 2010 7(4).
  • "'Illegals' of the World Unite? An Interview with David Bacon," (with Star Murray) Against the Current 141 (July/August 2009).
  • "The Making of Jericho Road: An Interview with Michael Honey," Against the Current132 (January / February 2008).
  • "The Racial Politics of Progressive Americanism: New Deal Liberalism and the Subordination of Black Workers in the UAW," Studies in American Political Development (Spring 2005).