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William A Darity Jr, Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies and Economics; and Director, Duke Consortium on Social Equality  

Office Location: Sanford 238
Office Phone: (919) 613-7336
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: william.darity@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

Stratification economics and inequality

  • Education
    • Accountability
    • Achievement
    • Racial/Ethnic Inequalities & Segregation
  • Social Policy
    • Economic Inequality and Poverty
    • Race/Ethnicity

PhD, MIT, 1978

Research Categories: Stratification Economics, Racial & Ethnic Economic Inequality, and Financial Crises in Developing Countries

Current projects: Comparative status of dalits and tribals in India with blacks in the USA , , Ethnic conflict, ethnic diversity, and economic development, , , Racialized tracking in schools, , Employment guarantees, , Relative position, happiness, and well being, , Race, religion, and health disparities

Research Description: Stratification economics; inequality by race, class and ethnicity; North-South theories of development and trade; social psychology and unemployment exposure; reparations; schooling and the racial achievement gap; financial crises in developing countries

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Aaas 642s.01, Global inequality research Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 240, W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. William Darity Jr.. ""Race, Caste, Class, and Subalternity"." The Journal of Asian Studies 73.4 (November, 2014).
  2. with  “Why We’re Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing, and the ‘Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations’”.  Huffington Post (July 28, 2014).
  3. with Alan Aja, Daniel Bustillo, William Darity Jr., and Darrick Hamilton. ""From a Tangle of Pathology to a Race-Fair America"." Dissent (Summer, 2014).
  4. William Darity Jr.. ""The Economics of the Dispossessed"." The Journal of Social Inclusion Studies 1.1 (July, 2014): 7-15.  [author's comments]
  5. William Darity Jr.. “Black Reparations Is About Much More Than Slavery”.  Black Youth Project (June 30, 2014).

Curriculum Vitae

William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics. He has served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and is the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke. He served as co-director of the Institute of African American Research, director of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program, director of the Undergraduate Honors Program in economics, and director of Graduate Studies at the University of North Carolina.

Darity’s research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, North-South theories of trade and development, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the economics of reparations, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, the history of economics, and the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment.

He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2011-2012) at Stanford, a fellow at the National Humanities Center (1989-90) and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors (1984). He received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award in 2012 from the National Economic Association, the organization's highest honor. He is a past president of the National Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association. He also has taught at Grinnell College, the University of Maryland at College Park, the University of Texas at Austin, Simmons College and Claremont-McKenna College.

He has served as Editor in Chief of the latest edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, (Macmillan Reference, 2008) and as an Associate Editor of the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2013).

His most recent books are Economics, Economists, and Expectations: Microfoundations to Macroapplications (2004) (co-authored with Warren Young and Robert Leeson) and a volume co-edited with Ashwini Deshpande titled Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational Comparisons of Inter-Group Disparity (2003) both published by Routledge. He has published or edited 12 books and published more than 210 articles in professional journals.

Darity lives with his family in Durham, N.C. where he plays harmonica in a local blues band, occasionally coaches youth sports, and especially enjoys reading science fiction and speculative fiction.

Current Ph.D. Students  

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