Owen Williams joined the Folger Institute in 1999 in the midst of writing his dissertation on Elizabethan law and religion in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania (he eventually finished). As the Institute's Assistant Director for Scholarly Programs, he welcomes faculty and advanced graduate students to the seminars, symposia, workshops, and conferences that the Institute plans and offers. On behalf of the Folger Institute's Consortium Executive Committee, Dr. Williams convenes the application review subcommittee, sits on the program planning subcommittee, and serves as liaison to the faculty representatives from some forty-five consortium universities. He is an ex officio member of the Steering Committee for the Center for the History of British Political Thought. He also serves as Administrative Project Director for Early Modern Digital Agendas and is a member of the Folgerpedia content team.
He has recently completed a M.S. in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) with a focus on Open and Distance Learning at Florida State University.
Speaker, Teaching Shakespeare Institute (NEH Institute, 2014)