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Palmer Williams 

Institute for Law, Justice and Society

Assistant Professor


Palmer Williams serves as an assistant professor in the institute of law justice and society. Williams specializes in legal and policy analysis related to international human rights, human dignity and government affairs. She has extensive experience advocating for human rights on the international stage, including at the United Nations. Palmer also spent several years living and serving in sub-Saharan Africa, working with grassroots NGOs serving vulnerable children and survivors of the HIV epidemic. She earned her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School and her B.A. in Political Science and Community Development from Vanderbilt University. Palmer and her husband Joseph live in Nashville, TN with their three sons. Williams is the chairman of the board of King's Academy in Nashville and also serves on the board of Show Hope.

Academic Degree

  • Juris Doctor - Vanderbilt 
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Community Development - Vanderbilt

Academic Department

Law Justice and Society