Notre Dame Sociologist to Present Home Mortgage Lending Lecture

Event Details


Date: November 4, 2009

Times: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Morrison Commons 3-in-1 Room, Augustana College campus

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

SIOUX FALLS - Dr. Richard A. Williams, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, will present a lecture titled “Racial, Economic, and Institutional Disparities in Home Mortgage Lending” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, in the Morrison Commons 3-in1 room.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Alumni Association, Augustana’s Office of Academic Affairs, the Department of Sociology, and the Notre Dame Club of South Dakota. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

Williams is a former chairman of the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. His publications have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Demography, Journal of Urban Affairs, Sociology of Education, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Sociological Methods and Research, and Cityscape.

With the assistance of grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Science Foundation, this research has gradually evolved from a small community service project into studies of St. Joseph County, the state of Indiana, and, most recently, the entire nation. Williams received the University of Notre Dame’s 2003 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D. Faculty Community-Based Research Award for his research. As the lecture title suggests, Dr. Williams’ current research centers on investigating racial, economic, and institutional disparities in home mortgage lending.

Although the recent increase in foreclosures has refocused public interest on housing issues, American homeownership has long been characterized by racial, ethnic, and geographic inequality. Inequality in home ownership, in turn, has contributed to racial and class segregation and inequality in other aspects of American life. For several years, Williams has been examining the causes of this inequality. In particular, he analyzes how characteristics of financial institutions and government policies affect lending to low income and minority markets.

Dr. Williams’s lecture is a presentation of the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Hesburgh Alumni Lecture Series. Offered each year through Notre Dame’s network of more than 200 alumni clubs, the Hesburgh Lectures are delivered by Notre Dame faculty members nominated by their colleagues and the deans of the University’s colleges and law school. The series is named for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., and President Emeritus of Notre Dame.


Reynold Nesiba
Associate Professor of Economics
Phone: 605.274.5310
reynold.nesiba@augie.edu