International & Global Studies

Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams

Daria L. and Eric J. Wallach Professorship of Peace and Justice Studies & Associate Professor

Africana Studies



Campus Box 2451


339 Carlisle St.
Room 203
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400



EdD Columbia University, 2012
MEd Columbia University, 2006
MA Columbia University, 2005
BA (Hons.) St. Francis College , 2002

Academic Focus

Caribbean Studies, school/structural violence, educational inequity, and peace education

Dr. Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, native of Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago, is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies, faculty affiliate in Education, and advisory committee member in International & Global Studies, Public Policy, and Civil War Era Studies. He currently serves as the College’s Director of Peace and Justice Studies.  Prof. Williams teaches classes on human rights; post colonialism; race, gender and identity; education for social change; Caribbean studies; globalization.

He completed his B.A. (Honors) in Psychology at St. Francis College, Brooklyn; a Master of Education in Comparative and International Education with a concentration in philosophy of education, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Education in International Educational Development, with a concentration in peace education, at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research centers on school/structural violence, educational inequities, and youth and community empowerment.

He is the recipient of the Early Career Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University (2019), the inaugural Emerging Scholars Award from the African Diaspora SIG of the Comparative and International Education Society (2017), and the Dr. Ralph Cavaliere Award for Excellence in Teaching from Gettysburg College (2013).

Prof. Williams was a Visiting Scholar (15-16) at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, & Complexity (AC4), Earth Institute (Columbia University) and during the summer of 2017 at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where he taught a week long class for high school students on human rights. Prof. Williams was an Associate Editor of the academic journal Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and serves on the Editorial boards of the Journal of Peace Education, InFactisPax, and the International Journal of Human Rights Education, and reviews for several other academic journals. He travels the world conducting restorative circles, workshops on peer mediation /conflict resolution and leadership development with parents, youth, teachers, political leaders, and varied NGOs.  Prof. Williams is also a theater actor.  He is currently working on a book manuscript:

"An Educational Neocolonial Warp and Douen Liberation"

See his personal website for more information:

Courses taught:

AFS 132            Intro to Caribbean Studies

AFS 246            Human Rights Policy and Practice in the Caribbean

AFS 264            Education for Social Change

AFS 270 / 370   The Postcolonial Condition
AFS 274 / 374   Globalization & Its Discontents

Courses Taught