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Helen Williams (nee Huggins) is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for German Studies (IGS)/Political Science, International Studies and Sociology (POLSIS), University of Birmingham (UK), where she held the IGS scholarship from 2007 to 2010. She has taught several modules for the University of Birmingham during her postgraduate studies as well as presenting several conference papers. Her doctoral thesis seeks to apply a hybrid framework New Institutionalism to explain citizenship and naturalisation policy change in the UK and Germany between 2000 and 2010, arguing that there is a strong case to be made for incremental change and a better understanding of mechanisms of institutional reproduction.

Williams' areas of interest include: citizenship, immigration, asylum, the immigrant experience, national identity, sovereignty, New Institutionalism, German politics and governance, and British politics and governance. She is also involved with grassroots campaigning for the rights of non-British spouses of British citizens.