I am very sad to announce the loss of an American Journal of Political Science Editorial Board member, departmental colleague, and good friend. Kenneth C. Williams, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, passed away on April 25, 2016. Ken was 59 years old, and he is survived by his wife, Marcie, and their twelve year old daughter, Katherine. Ken was born in Flint, Michigan. He received a B.A. from Bowling Green State University, an M.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Ken joined the faculty at MSU in 1988. His main areas of professional interest were formal models, game theory, and laboratory experiments in political science, electoral politics, and the legislative process. Ken was the author of Introduction to Game Theory: A Behavioral Approach (2012, Oxford University Press) and Experimental Political Science and the Study of Causality: From Nature to the Lab (with Rebecca Morton, 2010, Cambridge University Press), along with many other publications.
Speaking from a personal perspective, Ken Williams was an outstanding member of the AJPS Editorial Board. He cheerfully reviewed many manuscripts- almost all of which were highly complex formal models or experimental studies of political phenomena. And he always was willing to help me with advice about submissions to the Journal and ideas regarding possible referees for manuscripts. Speaking on behalf of the AJPS Editorial Staff, our thoughts and condolences go out to Ken’s family. He will be greatly missed.
William G. Jacoby
Editor, American Journal of Political Science