Dr David R Williams

SpecialityProfessor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University

Dr. David R. Williams is the Norman Professor of Public Health and a department chair at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and a Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. The author of more than 500 scientific papers, his research has addressed how race, socioeconomic status, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was ranked as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences in 2008. In 2014, Thomson Reuters ranked him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. His research has been featured in the national print and television media and in his TED Talk. He holds an MPH from Loma Linda University and a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan.