David R. Williams

David R. Williams, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. His prior academic appointments were at Yale University (6 years) and the University of Michigan (14 years). His research has focused on trends and determinants of socioeconomic and racial disparities in health, the effects of racism on health and the ways in which religious involvement can affect health. He is the author of more than 250 scholarly papers in scientific journals and edited collections and he has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Most Cited Researchers in the Social Sciences during the decade, 1995 to 2005. He was also ranked as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr Williams has also served on seven committees for the Institute of Medicine including the Committee that prepared the Unequal Treatment report. He was a member of the of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health and also served as the staff director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America.