Abigail Fisher Williamson holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.  Her overarching research agenda uses quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate how and when communities engage to address critical societal problems.  Her current book project – at the intersection of racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, urban politics, and social policy – focuses on local government responses to immigrant populations and how they shape immigrant political incorporation, particularly in destinations beyond traditional gateways.

From 1998-2001, Professor Williamson worked for the Eurasia Foundation in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, ultimately as Associate Country Director for the Foundation’s Tbilisi, Georgia office.  From 2003-2005, she served as a Research Associate and then as Associate Director of the Saguaro Seminar for Civic Engagement at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

In the classroom, Professor Williamson aims to cultivate civic engagement while enhancing the skills and knowledge necessary to make meaningful contributions.