Dr. Marian Williams

Dr. Williams received her Ph.D. from Florida State University. She is the Pre-Law Advisor and the Assistant Chair in the Department of Government and Justice Studies. She is also a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Research Interests:

Decision-making in the court system, effectiveness of defense counsel, constitutional law, and civil liberties

Graduate Courses:

Court Administration; Criminal Court; Criminal Justice Processes and Institutions; Seminar in Criminal Justice Legal Issues; Race, Gender, and Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice; Directed Research

Undergraduate Honors, Graduate Theses, and MPA Capstone Supervision Topics:

  • Eyewitness Testimony and Wrongful Convictions
  • Do Students Know Their Fourth Amendment Rights?
  • Police Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Megan’s Law
  • Jury Nullification
  • The U.S. Supreme Court and Public Opinion
  • Judicial Selection Methods in the United States and Abroad

Recent Projects Involving Students:

  • Civil Asset Forfeiture and Equitable Sharing: an examination of the use of civil asset forfeiture by police, in which students assisted in entering and coding state, local, and police department data
  • Williams, M.R. Holcomb, J.E., Kovandzic, T.V. and Bullock, S. (2010). Policing for profit: The abuse of civil asset forfeiture. Institute for Justice: Arlington, VA.
Title: Professor
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6039

Office address
352G Anne Belk Hall