Matthew Williams

Matthew S. Williams

I received my BA in anthropology from Wesleyan University in 1996, having written my senior thesis on the origins of the right-wing militia movement. After graduating, not being terribly sure what exactly I wanted to do with my life, I moved to Boston and was involved as a volunteer with a number of social justice groups, working on a variety of issues, including poverty and housing, foreign policy, globalization, and alternative media. Eventually, I realized my true calling lay in writing and intellectual work and began applying to graduate school, with the hope of doing work relevant to those still in the trenches. I entered Boston College’s PhD program in sociology in September 2001, where I am focusing my studies on social movements, political sociology and globalization. In addition to my involvement with MRAP, I helped Bill Gamson develop the Global Justice Game, a teaching game designed to give students a critical perspective on globalization and activists a better understanding of how to strategize. I have twice taught a class organized around the Game. I am currently working on my dissertation, an analysis of the US anti-sweatshop movement, seeking to understand the ways in which activists have creatively strategized to deal with the challenges created by neoliberal globalization's transformation of political opportunities and constraints.


  • Williams, Matthew. Forthcoming (2006). “Global Justice Movement.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Edited by George Ritzer. Malden MA: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Williamson, John B. and Matthew Williams. 2005. “Notional Defined Contribution Accounts: Neoliberal Ideology and the Political Economy of Pension Reform.” American Journal of Economics and Sociology 64 (2): 485-506.