Charles T. Clotfelter

Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies

External Address: 
178 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 613-7361

Charles Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke University. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His major research interests are in the economics of education, the nonprofit sector, and public finance. He is the author of Big-Time Sports in American Universities (Cambridge University Press, 2011), After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation (Princeton University Press, 2004), Buying the Best: Cost Escalation in Elite Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 1996), and Federal Tax Policy and Charitable Giving (University of Chicago Press, 1985). He is also coauthor (with Philip Cook) of Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America (Princeton University Press, 1989) and has coauthored or edited five other books pertaining to higher education and the nonprofit sector. He was co-winner of the Gladys M. Kammerer prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best political science publication in the field of U.S. national policy in 2004, for After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation. In 2011, he was selected to give the Spencer Foundation Award Lecture at the meetings of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Clotfelter received a B.A. from Duke University in 1969, where he majored in history, summa cum laude, and he received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1974. Before coming to Duke, he taught at the University of Maryland, spending his last year there on leave at the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis. While at Duke, he has served as vice provost for academic policy and planning, vice chancellor, and vice provost for academic programs. He has also served as president of the Southern Economic Association. During the 2005/06 year he was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He was born in Birmingham, Ala., and grew up in Atlanta, Ga.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1974

Clotfelter, CT. "Milliken and the prospects for racial diversity in U.S. public schools." In The Pursuit of Racial and Ethnic Equality in American Public Schools: Mendez, Brown, and Beyond, 315-337. January 1, 2014.

Clotfelter, CT. "Die-Hard Fans and the Ivory Tower's Ties that Bind." Social Science Quarterly 96, no. 2 (January 1, 2015): 381-399. Full Text

Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research - CALDER awarded by American Institutes for Research (Co Investigator). 2013 to 2017

Exploring the Linkages Between Post-Secondary School and Labor Market Success awarded by American Institutes for Research (Co Investigator). 2011 to 2014

An Analysis of State Lotteries awarded by National Gambling Impact Study Commission (Principal Investigator). 1998 to 1999