Morgan C. Williams, Jr.

Morgan C. Williams, Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University.  As an economist, his current research agenda addresses the economic consequences of crime and incarceration policy in the United States—with a particular focus on racial inequality.  This research entertains questions ranging from the economic determinants of racial disparities in homicide and policing to understanding the impact of criminal history disclosure requirements on racial differences in labor market and recidivism outcomes.  Professor Williams’ research enjoys support from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Policies for Action Initiative.  He is also a previous recipient of the New York University Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Predoctoral Fellowship, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Predoctoral Fellowship, and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award.  Professor Williams received his Ph.D. in Economics from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, MPH from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and is a proud graduate of Morehouse College.

Research Interests

Crime and Criminal Justice
Health Inequities
Social Policy
Urban Policy


American Community Survey (ACS)
Add Health (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health)
Administrative Data (State or National)
Current Population Survey (CPS)
Decennial Census
Fragile Families and Wellbeing Study
General Social Survey (GSS)
Medicaid Data
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) and Other NLS Datasets
NYC Administrative Data
Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)
Vital Statistics Data