Krystal L. Williams, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate, 
Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute

Krystal L. Williams is a Senior Research Associate at the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute. Her research explores the use of public policies to promote college success for underrepresented students, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between policy initiatives and students’ various psychosocial factors. Recently, her work has focused on these issues as they relate to broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and reducing students’ economic and academic strains in college.

Prior to joining UNCF, Williams was an American Educational Research Association Fellow at Educational Testing. She also served as a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity, and an Institutional Research Analyst at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Williams completed her doctoral studies in Higher Education and Public Policy at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. She also attended Clark Atlanta University where she earned a BS and MS in mathematics and graduated valedictorian.