|Prof Williams joined the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in December 2008 and is an Asst. Professor of Sociology, having received his B.Sc. in Anthropology, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology. His theoretical interests include symbolic interactionism (sociological social psychology), cultural sociology, and qualitative research methodology. His research interests include youth cultures and subcultures, as well as digital and new media cultures. He has done significant research work in these areas and published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and three books to date. He is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.|
- Williams, J. Patrick. (2011). Structuring Knowledge of Subcultural Folk Devils through News Coverage: Social Cognition, Semiotics, and Political-Economy. Studies of Transition States and Societies, 3(1).
- Williams, J. Patrick. (2011). Subcultural Theory: Traditions and Concepts. Polity.
- Weninger, Csilla, and J. Patrick Williams. (2011, July). Hungarians are ‘Mongols’ and Romanians are ‘Gypsies’: Relational processes of identification in an online multi-ethnic discussion forum. Paper presented at Cross-cultural Pragmatics at a Crossroads II: Linguistic and Cultural Representations Across Media international conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
- Williams, J. Patrick, Zahirah Suhaimi, and David Kirschner. (2011, April). Working With, In and For a Gaming Community: The Raid Leader as a Structural Role in Massively-Multiplayer Online Games. Paper presented at Society of the Study of Symbolic Interaction’s annual Couch-Stone Symposium, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
- Williams, J. Patrick. (2011, February). Media and moral panics in subcultural theory. Paper presented at Youth (Sub)cultures in Changing Societies international conference, Center for Lifestyles Studies, Institute for International and Social Studies, Tallinn University, Estonia.