Her research focuses on gendered media coverage of women in politics, and she is becoming a leading voice in this narrative, already cited by national and international political figures in public talks, media, and publications.
Currently, she is working on several research projects, such as analysing the gendered media coverage of women leaders’ response the COVID-19 pandemic or examining the gendered double standards of Murdoch press coverage of political women.
Dr Williams is highly visible in the media as a monthly columnist for The Canberra Times, Federal Political Correspondent for Radio Adelaide, and regular contributor to The Conversation. Her research and activism have appeared in over 50 local, national, and international platforms, including Radio National, SBS, The Sydney Morning Herald, BBC, Al Jazeera and Le Monde. In 2021, she was awarded the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Impact and Engagement.
She currently sits on the Executive Board of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Gender Politics and Policy (RC 19) and is the Social Media Coordinator for both RC19 and the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Women’s Caucus.
Additional research interests include: feminist theory, Australian politics, women politicians, media analysis, post-structuralism, critical theory, queer theory, LGBTQIA+ rights and refugee politics.