Dr. Jamillah Williams is a Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Workers’ Rights Institute at Georgetown University. She recently joined Harvard Business School, where she was named to the inaugural cohort of Visiting Faculty Fellows at the Institute for the study of Business in Global Society. Dr. Williams received her Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford.
Dr. Williams uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the nature of contemporary bias (implicit, explicit, and structural) and to investigate the effectiveness of various legal and organizational strategies designed to reduce inequality and promote social change. She leverages this cutting-edge research to develop innovative solutions to promote racial, gender, and intersectional justice.
Her research has been published in a range of academic journals, featured by numerous media outlets, and she frequently consults leaders in business, government, and higher education regarding their workplace practices. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, Dr. Williams worked as an Associate in the Employment Law practice of Paul Hastings, LLP in Chicago, IL where she specialized in advising employers on internal audits of employment processes and diversity/inclusion programs.
Research has revealed a “principle-practice gap,” where individuals and organizations state commitments to racial equity in principle, but fail to take th...
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