- Director of Policy Research
Richard Williams is the director of policy research at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Prior to joining the Mercatus Center, he served for 27 years as the director for social sciences at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the Food and Drug Administration. He also served as an adviser to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis and taught economics at Washington and Lee University. Dr. Williams is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam.
Dr. Williams is an expert in benefit-cost analysis and risk analysis, particularly associated with food safety and nutrition. He has published in Risk Analysis and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and has addressed numerous international governments, including the United Kingdom, South Korea, Yugoslavia, and Australia.
Dr. Williams received his PhD and MA in economics from Virginia Tech and his BS in business administration from Old Dominion University.