Myles Williamson

Myles Williamson (he/him)



I successfully defended my dissertation in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama in April 2024. I will be joining the University of Baltimore in the Fall of 2024 as a lecturer in the School of Public and International Affairs. 

My research broadly focuses on human rights, LGBT+ politics, and political regime behavior and transformation. My dissertation investigates variation in transgender rights worldwide, paying particular attention to the influence that factors like regime type and religion have on countries' decisions to advance or repress these rights. As a part of this research, I also created the Trans Rights Indicator Project (TRIP). My solo-authored article introducing this dataset can be found here in Perspectives on Politics. You can also read more about the TRIP dataset here

On behalf of my dissertation research, I was a recipient of the Empirical Study of Gender Network (EGEN) 2023 Prize and the University of Alabama Department of Political Science "Outstanding Research by a Graduate Student" award. 

I am also a member of the Comparative Political Regimes (CPR) Lab. Our current projects focus on regime resilience and breakdown throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Read more about our research here