Dr Heather Williams

Associate Fellow


Dr Heather Williams is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at King's College London and an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). Dr. Williams serves as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords International Relations Committee inquiry into the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Disarmament. She is also an adjunct Research Staff Member in the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Virginia, where she has worked since 2008 on U.S. nuclear policy for the U.S. Department of Defense. She currently leads projects on the impact of emerging technology on deterrence, the future of arms control, risks of social media to conflict escalation, and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Her research is supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Energy.

Until January 2015, Heather was a Research Fellow on Nuclear Weapons Policy at Chatham House and led research on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons Initiative. Dr. Williams completed her PhD, “Negotiated Trust: U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Control, 1968-2010”, in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London in December 2014 under the supervision of Wyn Bowen and Lawrence Freedman. She has a BA in International Relations and Russian Studies from Boston University, and an MA in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University. Her most recent publications include, “A nuclear babel: narratives around the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” in The Nonproliferation Review (June 2018) and “Strategic Stability, Uncertainty, and the Future of Arms Control” in Survival (March 2018).