James Williams

Assistant Professor

James Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University, Dubai. He studied anthropology at Cambridge University and the Johns Hopkins University.

Research and Professional Activities

James Williams has conducted long-term fieldwork in South Africa with young male African migrants and refugees. His research interests include youth, migration, and work in contexts of urban volatility, poverty, and post-conflict.


Teaching Areas

List of courses taught in ZU: specify if undergraduate or graduate

Introduction to Culture and Society

Comparative Intellectual Traditions

Comparative Sociology

World Cinemas

Special Topics

Research Methods

Senior Seminar

Honors Thesis

2018                     (with Felicitas Hentschke) To Be at Home: House, Work, and Self in the Modern World. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

2017                     “Dwelling Discreetly: Undocumented Migrants in Cape Town.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 37(3): 420-426.