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. 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)
- Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1978
- B.A., Brown University 1974
Darity, W. “Revisiting the debate on race and culture: The New (Incorrect) Harvard/Washington Consensus on Racial Inequality.” Du Bois Review 8, no. 2 (October 24, 2011): 467–76. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1742058X11000439. Full Text
Darity, W. A. “A New (Incorrect) Harvard/Washington Consensus: Review of William Julius' Wilson's More Than Just Race.” Du Bois Review 8, no. 2 (October 2011): 467–76.
Darity, W., A. Deshpande, and T. Weisskopf. “Who Is Eligible? Should Affirmative Action be Group- or Class-Based?” American Journal of Economics and Sociology 70, no. 1 (January 1, 2011): 238–68. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1536-7150.2010.00770.x. Full Text
Darity, W. A. “Obama and the Problem of Racial Inequality in Post-Racial America.” Convergence Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal 1, no. 1 (July 2010): 102–7.
Price, Gregory N., and William A. Darity. “The economics of race and eugenic sterilization in North Carolina: 1958-1968.” Economics and Human Biology 8, no. 2 (July 2010): 261–72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2010.01.002. Full Text
Darity, W. A., B. Lahiri, and D. V. Frank. “Reparations for African-Americans as a transfer problem: A cautionary tale.” Review of Development Economics 14, no. 2 (May 1, 2010): 248–61. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9361.2010.00550.x. Full Text
Green, Tiffany L., and William A. Darity. “Under the skin: using theories from biology and the social sciences to explore the mechanisms behind the black-white health gap.” American Journal of Public Health 100 Suppl 1 (April 2010): S36–40. https://doi.org/10.2105/ajph.2009.171140. Full Text
Darity, W., C. Royal, and K. Whitfield. “Race, genetics and health: An introduction.” Review of Black Political Economy 37, no. 1 (February 1, 2010): 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12114-009-9054-2. Full Text
Hamilton, Darrick, and William Darity. “Can ‘Baby Bonds’ Eliminate the Racial Wealth Gap in Putative Post-Racial America?” The Review of Black Political Economy 37, no. 3–4 (January 2010): 207–16. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12114-010-9063-1. Full Text