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Dr Ryan Williams

Dr Ryan Williams

Affiliated Research Associate, Prisons Research Centre


Dr Ryan J. Williams completed his PhD in the Faculty of Divinity (Cambridge) in 2012 and joined the Prisons’ Research Centre in 2013 as Co-Investigator with Prof. Alison Liebling on ‘Locating Trust in a Climate of Fear’. Trained in religious studies and the sociology of religion, Ryan’s current interests lie in the study of religion in prisons, with attention to prisoner hierarchies and identity negotiations; religion and security; and Islamic identity, belonging and citizenship. He currently holds a Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship where he is exploring issues around Islam and citizenship in secular and securitized environments. Prior to this, Ryan conducted research on inter-religious dialogue and contemporary religious movements.

Subject groups/Research projects

Locating trust in a climate of fear: