About the Speaker

Walter E. Williams holds a B.A. degree in economics from California State University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA. He also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Union University and Grove City College and a Doctor of Laws from Washington and Jefferson College.

He chairs the economics department at George Mason University and is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics.

Williams is the author of over eighty publications appearing in scholarly journals such as Economic Inquiry, American Economic Review, Georgia Law Review, Journal of Labor Economics, and Social Science Quarterly, as well as popular publications like Newsweek, Freeman, National Review, Reader's Digest, Cato Journal, and Policy Review.

He has made scores of radio and television appearances including "Nightline," "Firing Line," "Face the Nation," Milton Friedman's "Free To Choose," "Crossfire," "MacNeil/Lehrer," and "Wall Street Week." He writes a weekly syndicated column carried by approximately 160 newspapers and is a regular commentator for "Nightly Business Report." He is also an occasional substitute host for the "Rush Limbaugh" show.

He has authored six books: America: A Minority Viewpoint, The State Against Blacks, which was later made into the PBS documentary "Good Intentions," All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, which was later revised for South African publication, Do the Right Thing: The People's Economist Speaks, and More Liberty Means Less Government.

His fellowships and awards include: Hoover Institution National Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellow, Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation George Washington Medal of Honor, The Adam Smith Award, and California State University Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He has frequently given expert testimony before congressional committees on public policy issues ranging from labor policy to taxation and spending.