The College of Business Administration and the Department of Sociology will host Dr. David R. Williams on Thursday, February 17, 2011. The title of the presentation will be, “Social Inequities in Health: Patterns, Causes and the Costs of Doing Nothing.”
Dr. David Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health, and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. His prior academic appointments were at the University of Michigan and Yale University. He is interested in socioeconomic and racial differences 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 200 scientific papers and he was ranked as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Williams has been involved in the development of health policy at the national level. In 1992, he was appointed, by the Bush administration to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. In 1993, he was an advisor to President Clinton’s Task Force on Health Care Reform and later served on the social science advisory panel for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He has also served on seven panels for the Institute of Medicine and provided testimony at multiple congressional briefings. Most recently, he was the staff director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America.
Dr. Williams has appeared on national television including ABC’s Evening News, CNN, PBS, C-SPAN and the Discovery Channel. His research has been featured or he has been quoted in the national print media including the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Jet and USA Today. He was also a scientific advisor to the award winning PBS film series: Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?