Richard A. Williams




Richard A. Williams, PhD, is a writer working on a book about the US Food and Drug Administration.  He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Life Sciences Institute and the EPA Science Advisory Board.  He is retired from a 27-year career at the FDA where he was the Chief Social Scientist at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and retired from nine years as Vice President at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where he continues as a Senior Affiliated Scholar. He is also affiliated with the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University.

Williams was previously a professor of economics at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.  His expertise lies in risk analysis, including economic benefit-cost analysis, the regulatory process, food safety and nutrition. Dr. Williams has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple issues and addressed numerous international governments, including those of the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Yugoslavia, and Australia.

He has published op-eds in a number of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on NPR, RealClearRadio, the Diane Rehm Show, CNN and CSPAN.  Richard earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Tech and an undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University.