Nathaniel Williams joined UC Davis in 2012. He teaches business and technical writing, journalism, and other special topics in writing. His research encompasses the history of technology, American literature, religious studies, and science fiction.
His current book project, tentatively titled Gears and God: Technocratic Fiction, Faith, and Empire in Mark Twain's America, is under contract with the University of Alabama Press. His scholarly articles have appeared in American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Utopian Studies, and elsewhere. His essay "Frank Reade, Jr. in Cuba: Dime -Novel Technology, U.S. Imperialism, and the 'American Jules Verne'" won Honorable Mention for American Literature's Norman Foerster Prize in 2011.
He has nearly a decade of experience as a professional technical writer, creating online help and instruction manuals for custom software and writing inspection reports of air pollution control devices. He led statewide software trainings for government WIC employees in Indiana, Louisiana, and Missouri. He also wrote grants and online teaching materials for AboutSF, an educational outreach project sponsored by the Science Fiction Research Association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the University of Kansas.
His speculative fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Abyss & Apex,Perihelion, Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), Hadley Rille Books' Footprints anthology, and elsewhere. He is an advisory board member of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction.