Tiffany Williams

Tiffany Williams
Institut für Slawistik und Kaukasusstudien
Tiffany Williams



April - July 2022

Visiting Scholar, Institut für Höhere Studien, Vienna, Austria


2021 - Present

Managing Editor, “Across the Caucasus Blog


2021 - Present

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Caucasus Studies, University of Jena


2018 - 2022

PhD, Political Science, Universität Wien, Department of Political Science, Vienna, Austria    

Dissertation: “Selling Normative Power Europe: Analyzing the unexpected outcomes of the European Union’s normative power approach in the South Caucasus”


2018 - 2021

Doctoral Research Fellow, Institut für Höhere Studien, Vienna, Austria


2014 - 2016

Research Assistant, Cornell Office for Research on Evaluation, Ithaca, New York, USA


2014 - 2016

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Thesis: “Reconciliation and Ressentiment: The Role of National Identity in the Norm Diffusion Process”



Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Philosophy, Portland State University, Portland, OR


Journal Articles and Book Chapters


Williams, Tiffany G. 2022. “Reaching across the Atlantic to Support Resilient Self-Defence for Georgia.” In Ambitious Agenda—Limited Substance? Critical Examinations Of The EU’s Resilience Turn in the South Caucasus, edited by Diana Forker and Bidzina Lebanidze, 15-18. Caucasus Analytical Digest, No.127. Center for Security Studies: ETH Zürich. DOI: 10.3929/ethz-b-000554652.


Williams, Tiffany G. 2022. “Legitimacy, Conditionality, and Norm Compliance: Lessons from the EU’s Normative Power Approach.” In The Politics of Legitimation in the European Union: Legitimacy Recovered?, edited by Christopher Lord, Dirk De Bièvre, Jarle Trondal, Ramses Wessel, and Peter Bursens, 238-262. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.


Williams, Tiffany G. 2021. “Interests over norms? The European Union’s varying Black Sea region approach.” In Experiencing Europeanization in the Black Sea and South Caucasus, Vol. 2, edited by Gaga Gabrichidze, Oliver Reisner, and Selin Türkeş-Kılıç, 47-74. Stuttgart: ibidem Press.  



Policy Briefs


Williams, Tiffany G. 2021. “Make the Eastern Partnership Great Again? Planning Brussels’ response to the ‘Trio Plus Strategy 2030’ resolution.” PLATO Policy Brief Series, no.5, June 2021. link.           


Blog Posts and Media Interviews


Williams, Tiffany G. Under Review. “Behind the banner of Europe: Making sense of EU candidacy status.” The IHS Blog.


Williams, Tiffany G. 2021. “Trading ambition for cooperation: What’s next for the Eastern Partnership?” Post-crisis Democracy in Europe, Ideas on Europe Blog, May 27, 2021. link.


Skazlic, Ivana and Tiffany G. Williams “Addressing Legitimacy Challenges for the European Union.” The IHS Blog, December 3, 2020. link.


Fon, B. and Gladitsch, M., Interviewers. 26 June 2020. “3 powerful voices on what it’s like to be black in Austria that you should definitely listen to: conversations with Fellow and PhD Candidate Tiffany Williams, influencer, Christl Clear, and photographer, Cameron.” Vienna Würstelstand, link.

Fellowships, scholarships, and awards

2018 - 2021

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action PhD Fellowship, "Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union” (PLATO)External link



Field Research Scholarship, le Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée de Sciences Po, Paris, France



Cornell Institute for Public Affairs Field Research Award


2014 - 2016

Cornell Institute for Public Affairs Fellowship