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
Broady, K. E., C. L. Todd, and W. A. Darity. “Passing and the Costs and Benefits of Appropriating Blackness.” Review of Black Political Economy 45, no. 2 (June 1, 2018): 104–22. https://doi.org/10.1177/0034644618789182. Full Text
Paul, M., W. Darity, D. Hamilton, and K. Zaw. “A path to ending poverty by way of ending unemployment: A federal job guarantee.” Rsf 4, no. 3 (February 1, 2018): 44–63. https://doi.org/10.7758/rsf.2018.4.3.03. Full Text
Akee, R., S. K. Stockly, W. Darity, D. Hamilton, and P. Ong. “The role of race, ethnicity and tribal enrolment on asset accumulation: an examination of American Indian tribal nations.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 40, no. 11 (September 2, 2017): 1939–60. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2016.1216141. Full Text
Hamilton, D., and W. A. Darity. “The political economy of education, financial literacy, and the racial wealth gap.” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review 99, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): 59–76. https://doi.org/10.20955/r.2017.59-76. Full Text
Zhang, L., R. V. Sharpe, S. Li, and W. A. Darity. “Wage differentials between urban and rural-urban migrant workers in China.” China Economic Review 41 (December 1, 2016): 222–33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chieco.2016.10.004. Full Text
Cobb, Ryon J., Courtney S. Thomas, Whitney N. Laster Pirtle, and William A. Darity. “Self-identified race, socially assigned skin tone, and adult physiological dysregulation: Assessing multiple dimensions of "race" in health disparities research.” Ssm Population Health 2 (December 2016): 595–602. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.06.007. Full Text
Ramraj, Chantel, Faraz Vahid Shahidi, William Darity, Ichiro Kawachi, Daniyal Zuberi, and Arjumand Siddiqi. “Equally inequitable? A cross-national comparative study of racial health inequalities in the United States and Canada.” Social Science & Medicine (1982) 161 (July 2016): 19–26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.05.028. Full Text
Utley, T. J., and W. Darity. “India’s Color Complex: One Day’s Worth of Matrimonials.” Review of Black Political Economy 43, no. 2 (June 1, 2016): 129–38. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12114-016-9233-x. Full Text
Darity, W. A., and A. Jolla. “Desegregated schools with segregated education.” In The Integration Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities, 99–117, 2009. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203890462. Full Text
Darity, W. A. “African American reparations, Keynes, and the transfer problem.” In Keynes for the Twenty-First Century: The Continuing Relevance of The General Theory, 199–206, 2008. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230611139. Full Text
Darity, W., and W. Young. “On rewriting chapter 2 of the general theory keynes’s concept of involuntary unemployment.” In A “Second Edition” of the General Theory, 20–27, 2006. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203980316-13. Full Text
Darity, W. A., and P. L. Mason. “Evidence on discrimination in employment: Codes of color, codes of gender.” In The African American Urban Experience: Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present, 156–86, 2004. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781403979162. Full Text
Stratification Economics and a Gendered Analysis Around Closing the Wealth Gap awarded by Nathan Cummings Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018
Reflections on the Impact of the Reconstruction Amendments: A Research Symposium on the Social and Economic Outcomes of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018
National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color, Phase V awarded by Ford Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
The Research Institute for Scholars of Equity (RISE): Conducting Mixed Methods Research to Improve Academic Outcomes among PK-20 African American and Latino/a Children, Youth and Young Adults awarded by North Carolina Central University (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
DC Convening awarded by Institute of International Education (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment: From Emancipation to Freedom? awarded by Kellogg Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017
Data Extraction from National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color awarded by Association for Enterprise Opportunity (Principal Investigator). 2016
National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color, Phase IV awarded by Ford Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016
NASCC in Baltimore awarded by Annie E. Casey Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016
Wealth Inequality in America at the City and National Origin Levels awarded by Russell Sage Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016