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Misti Williams, Ph.D.

Principal Lecturer - Communication, Medi, & Culture

Phone: 843-349-6514 Email: mwilliams@coastal.edu BRTH 325 (Clay D. Brittain, Jr. Hall) Office Hours:

Fall 2024 TBA


Born in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Misti Williams earned her Ph.D at the University of Washington in Seattle, with an emphasis in political communication. She also taught at the institution for several years in both the political science and communication departments. Her research focuses on strategic uses of communication in politics, media and political conflict, global communication, and politics and popular culture. Dr. Williams has presented works in several national conferences and as an invited participant in international symposiums on global media practices, media and terrorism, public diplomacy during periods of war, and how diasporas use media to retain nationalist sentiment. Her published work focuses on the communication practices and subsequent political mobilization of the Chinese Diaspora in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys traveling, learning new things, and spending time with her husband, son, dog, and two cats.


  • Ph.D., Political Science (Political Communication, Comparative Politics, International Relations), University of Washington (2010)
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Washington (2005)
  • B.A., Political Science (Communication minor), University of Washington (2002)


  • 2022-2023 Department's Chair Award for Teaching
  • 2021-2022 Professional Enhancement Grant
  • 2019 Coastal Office of Online Learning Grant: COMM 276 Communication Research

Selected Publications

  • Williams, M. (2012). Generations at home and abroad: The Chinese diaspora. In B.J. Steele & J. Acuff (Eds.), Theory and Application of the “Generation” in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Houndmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.

Teaching Areas

  • Political and strategic communication
  • Mass media in the United States
  • Propaganda and disinformation

Research Areas

  • Political communication
  • Global communication
  • Politics and popular culture