Nora Webb Williams, PhD Candidate

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I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Copies of my published and working papers are available on the Social Science Research Network and on ResearchGate. You can track my code and find replication files on Github.

Here's a third person bio that summarizes my work:

Nora Webb Williams is a PhD Candidate in the University of Washington Department of Political Science studying comparative politics, methods, and political economy. Her dissertation research addresses economic resilience and the long-term impacts of colonialism on social trust, with a regional focus on the former Soviet Union. She also writes about the impact of social media and images on protest mobilization, examining diverse cases such as the 2010 revolution in Kyrgyzstan and the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. Her primary methodological interest is in images as data for social science research, with related interests in machine learning, text as data, and causal inference. Notable experiences outside of the university setting include serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan and Liberia. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Political Research Quarterly, Central Asian Survey and Nationalities Papers.