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Walter E. Williams

John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Walter E. Williams holds a B.A. in economics from California State University, Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA. He has served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, since 1980; from 1995 to 2001, he served as department chairman.

Dr. Williams is the author of over 150 publications which have appeared in scholarly journals, such as Economic Inquiry, American Economic Review, Georgia Law Review, Journal of Labor Economics, Social Science Quarterly, and Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and popular publications, such as Newsweek, Ideas on Liberty, National Review, Reader's Digest, Cato Journal, and Policy Review. 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.

He has made scores of radio and television appearances, which include Nightline, Firing Line, Face the Nation, Crossfire, MacNeil/Lehrer, Wall Street Week, and was a regular commentator for Nightly Business Report. He is also occasional substitute host for the Rush Limbaugh show. In addition, Dr. Williams writes a nationally syndicated weekly column that is carried by approximately 140 newspapers and several websites.