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William A. Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of Economics and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy

William A. Darity

William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. He has served as chair of the Department of African and African American Studies and was the founding director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke. Previously he served as 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. (On leave, 2015-2016)

Contact Info:
Office Location:  238 Sanford Inst Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-7336
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Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • AAAS 102.01, INTRO AFR-AMER STUDIES Synopsis
    Friedl Bdg 240, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    (also cross-listed as LIT 102.01)
    Rubenstein 151, Tu 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 642S.01, ECON 541S.01, POLSCI 642S.01, RIGHTS 642S.01, SOCIOL 642S.01)
Teaching (Spring 2020):

    Rubenstein 149, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 642S.01, ECON 541S.01, POLSCI 642S.01, RIGHTS 642S.01, SOCIOL 642S.01)
    Rubenstein 149, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 642S.02, ECON 541S.02, POLSCI 642S.02, RIGHTS 642S.02, SOCIOL 642S.02)

Ph.D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology1978
B.A.Brown University1974

Development Economics
African and African-American Studies
Economics of Education
Economic History
History of Economics
Public Policy
Research Interests:

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.


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Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Divya Guru Rajan  
  • Dania Frank  
  • Ashley Brown  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Dena Montague (2013-2014)  
  • Jean Beaman (2013-2014)  
  • Daniella A. Cook (20082010)  
  • Nicole Lewis (20072008)  
  • Monika Gosin (20082010)  
  • Nina Smith (20122013)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Siddiqi, A; Sod-Erdene, O; Hamilton, D; Cottom, TMM; Darity, W, Growing sense of social status threat and concomitant deaths of despair among whites, Ssm Population Health, vol. 9 (December, 2019) [doi]  [abs]
  2. Bentley-Edwards, KL; Blackman Carr, LT; Robbins, PA; Conde, E; Zaw, K; Darity, WA, Investigating Denominational and Church Attendance Differences in Obesity and Diabetes in Black Christian Men and Women., J Relig Health (July, 2019) [doi]  [abs]
  3. Craigie, T-A; Myers, SL; Darity, WA, Racial Differences in the Effect of Marriageable Males on Female Family Headship., Journal of Demographic Economics, vol. 84 no. 3 (September, 2018), pp. 231-256 [doi]  [abs]
  4. McMillian, MM; Fuller, S; Hill, Z; Duch, K; Darity, WA, Can Class-Based Substitute for Race-Based Student Assignment Plans? Evidence From Wake County, North Carolina, Urban Education, vol. 53 no. 7 (September, 2018), pp. 843-874, SAGE Publications [doi]  [abs]
  5. De La Cruz-Viesca, M; Ong, PM; Coman-Don, A; Darity, WA; Hamilton, D, Fifty years after the Kerner Commission report: Place, housing, and racial wealth inequality in Los Angeles, Rsf: the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, vol. 4 no. 6 (September, 2018), pp. 160-184, Russell Sage Foundation [doi]  [abs]

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