David R. Williams, PhD

Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

David R. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His prior academic appointments were at Yale University and the University of Michigan. The author of more than 385 scientific papers, his research has enhanced our understanding of the ways in which social factors, including socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behaviors and religious involvement can affect health. He developed the Everyday Discrimination Scale – a widely used measure of discrimination in health studies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was ranked as one of the top 10 Most Cited Social Scientists in the world in 2005, as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008 and as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014. He or his research has been featured by some of the nation’s top news organizations and he was a key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is inequality Making Us Sick? He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan.