Morgan C. Williams, Jr.

Postdoctoral Fellow


Morgan C. Williams, Jr. will be joining the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service this summer as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Morgan joins a cohort selected by the Provost to participate in the NYU Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. 

Morgan’s research interests span the fields of labor and health economics–utilizing both empirical and theoretical techniques within applied microeconomics to examine important topics of social inequality. His current research agenda addresses the economic consequences of crime and incarceration policy in the United States.  In his recent work examining the differential impact of gun control policy liberalization in Missouri, Morgan provides causal evidence suggesting that the repeal of a “permit-to-purchase” law led to a sharp increase in gun proliferation within the state and an overwhelmingly disproportionate increase in firearm homicide among young Black Missourians in urban areas.  Morgan’s research also investigates how criminal history disclosure laws influence labor markets and the role of incarceration policies on household economic behavior.  Morgan was also a recipient of the National Bureau of Economic Research Predoctoral Fellowship in Aging and Health Research, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Predoctoral Fellowship, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar award.

He holds a Bachelor's degree from Morehouse College, a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. 

Recent momentum behind criminal justice reform permitted new discussions concerning incarceration policy and punishment in the United States.  This course takes an interdisciplinary approach in examining the role of crime, incarceration policy, and institutions in driving contemporary discussions on criminal justice reform—with race often being a salient component for many of these public policy conversations.  This course will provide students with an opportunity to critically examine topics such as racial differences in crime, policing, incarceration policy, and prisoner reentry.


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