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William A. Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies 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. at Chapel Hill.

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 visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (2015-2016), 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, Politico 50 recognition in 2017, and an award from Global Policy Solutions in 2017. 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 2006 edition of the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2013).

His most recent book, coauthored with A. Kirsten Mullen, is From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century (2020). Previous books include For-Profit Universities: The Shifting Landscape of Marketized Education (2010) (co-edited Tressie McMillan Cottom), Economics, Economists, and Expectations: Microfoundations to Macroapplications (2004) (co-authored with Warren Young and Robert Leeson), and Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational Comparisons of Inter-Group Disparity (2003) (co-edited with Ashwini Deshpande).He has published or edited 13 books and published more than300 articles in professional outlets.

Darity lives with his family in Durham, N.C. where he plays blues harmonica, 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
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2020):

  • PUBPOL 304.02, ECON OF THE PUB SEC Synopsis
    Sanford 04, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM; Sanford 04, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
    (also cross-listed as ECON 338.02)
    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)

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

Development Economics
Economics of Education
Economic History
History of Economics
Research Interests: Stratification Economics

Current projects: skin shade, labor market and marriage market outcomes, , caste and race, , job tenure versus work experience, , disconnected youth, , ethnic diversity, ethnic conflict, and economic development

Areas of Interest:

Stratification Economics, Inequality


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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. Darity, W; Addo, FR; Smith, IZ, A SUBALTERN MIDDLE CLASS: THE CASE OF THE MISSING “BLACK BOURGEOISIE” IN AMERICA, Contemporary Economic Policy (January, 2020) [doi]  [abs]
  2. Craemer, T; Smith, T; Harrison, B; Logan, T; Bellamy, W; Darity, W, Wealth Implications of Slavery and Racial Discrimination for African American Descendants of the Enslaved, The Review of Black Political Economy (January, 2020) [doi]  [abs]
  3. Siddiqi, A; Sod-Erdene, O; Hamilton, D; Cottom, TM; Darity, W, Growing sense of social status threat and concomitant deaths of despair among whites., Ssm Population Health, vol. 9 (December, 2019), pp. 100449 [doi]  [abs]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]

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