Miles D. Williams


Visiting Assistant Professor | Denison University


I am a political scientist and Visiting Assistant Professor in Data for Political Research at Denison University. I also serve as an Associate Fellow in statistical methodology with the US General Service Administration’s Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES). I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I specialize in International Relations and Political Economy and teach courses on International Relations, statistical programming, and data visualization. I have conducted research on a range of topics, but I’m primarily interested in the geoeconomics of foreign aid—how foreign aid is used as a tool of statecraft by world powers to achieve their foreign policy goals and how the pursuit of these goals drive cooperation problems among Western and non-Western aid donor governments. I also have an interest in methodology, policy research, text-as-data, and novel applications of machine learning for causal inference.

I have been a contributor to the Religion in Public blog, written evaluation resources for the federal government on reporting statistical results and on best-practices for using multinomial tests, and I occasionally like to write about miscellaneous issues on statistical programming and methods on my personal blog.


  • International Relations
  • Political Economy
  • Game Theory
  • Statistical Methods
  • Machine Learning
  • Causal Inference


  • PhD in Political Science, 2022

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • MA in Political Science, 2016

    Eastern Illinois University

  • BA in History and Political Science; Philosophy, 2015

    Greenville University

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