William A. Darity
Professor of Economics
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)
- Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1978
- B.A., Brown University 1974
Darity, W. A., P. L. Mason, and J. B. Stewart. “The economics of identity: The origin and persistence of racial identity norms.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 60, no. 3 (July 1, 2006): 283–305. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2004.09.005. Full Text
Goldsmith, Arthur H., Darrick Hamilton, and William Darity. “Shades of Discrimination: Skin Tone and Wages.” American Economic Review 96, no. 2 (April 2006): 242–45. https://doi.org/10.1257/000282806777212152. Full Text
Goldsmith, A. H., D. Hamilton, and W. Darity. “Does a foot in the door matter? white-nonwhite differences in the wage return to tenure and prior workplace experience.” Southern Economic Journal 73, no. 2 (January 1, 2006): 267–306. https://doi.org/10.2307/20111892. Full Text
Darity, William A., Ted T. L. Chen, Robert W. Tuthill, David R. Buchanan, Alvin E. Winder, Edward Stanek, George P. Cernada, and Harris Pastides. “A multi-city community based smoking research intervention project in the African-American population..” International Quarterly of Community Health Education 26, no. 4 (January 2006): 323–36. https://doi.org/10.2190/iq.26.4.b. Full Text
Darity, W. A. “Acting white .” Education Next 6, no. 2 (2006).
Dietrich, Jason, Darrick Hamilton, and W. A. Darity. “Bleach in the Rainbow: Latin Ethnicity and Preference for Whiteness.” Transforming Anthropology 13, no. 2 (October 2005): 103–9.
Mason, Patrick L., Samuel L. Myers, and William A. Darity. “Is there racism in economic research?.” European Journal of Political Economy 21, no. 3 (September 2005): 755–61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2004.07.005. Full Text
Darity, W. “Interrogating unstable boundaries: An introduction.” Review of Black Political Economy 33, no. 2 (September 1, 2005).
Tyson, Karolyn, William Darity, and Domini R. Castellino. “It's Not “a Black Thing”: Understanding the Burden of Acting White and Other Dilemmas of High Achievement.” American Sociological Review 70, no. 4 (August 2005): 582–605. https://doi.org/10.1177/000312240507000403. Full Text
Darity Jr, W. A. “Stratification Economics.” Journal of Ecoomics and Finance 29, no. 2 (July 2005): 144–53.