Troy M. Williams

Graduate student Troy Williams

Title/Department: Doctoral Student, Civil Society and Community Research


Field of Interest

Troy Williams is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research. A native of College Park, Georgia he brings a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship, community engagement, and higher education. Troy completed his master’s degree in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego; where he studied the leadership patterns of Black men who are accepted, well-liked, and thought of as prominent figures in communities where criminal behavior is present. He plans to further this research in his doctoral studies by observing the human ecological factors that contribute to success in Black communities. His passion for serving historically underrepresented youth is evident in his previous and continuing research with these populations.

Education and Relevant Experience

Troy directed and produced a documentary entitled Good Kid, Bad City: An Examination of Crime Resistance that was based on his master’s thesis. He has presented his research at academic conferences, several college campuses, and at a juvenile correctional facility for males. After completing his master’s degree, he became the director of an after-school program in Southeast San Diego. While in this position he spent a great deal of time working with community members and parents. This experience allotted him the opportunity to be admitted into an urban leadership program, where he was inspired to create a non-profit organization called The Crime Resistance Institute. This institute created opportunities for individuals of all socioeconomic statuses to have access to academically researched concepts that explore the complexity of Black identity. He later accepted a job at the Black Resource Center at the University of California, San Diego where he worked until he decided to join the Civil Society and Community Research program.

Awards and Recognition

University of California, San Diego: Outstanding Staff Member
University of San Diego: Trailblazer Award
The Center for Peace and Commerce: Semi Finalist Social Innovation Challenge