William A. Darity
  • William A. Darity

  • Professor of African and African American Studies and Economics and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy
  • African & African American Studies
  • 238 Sanford Inst Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Campus Box 90245
  • Phone: (919) 613-7336
  • Fax: 681 8288
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    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)
  • Specialties

    • Development Economics
    • Economics
    • African and African-American Studies
    • Economics
    • Economics of Education
    • Education
    • Economic History
    • Education
    • History of Economics
    • Public Policy
    • Sociology
  • Research Description

    Stratification economics; inequality by race, class and ethnicity; North-South theories of development and trade; social psychology and unemployment exposure; reparations; schooling and the racial achievement gap; financial crises in developing countries.
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
      • 1978
      • B.A.,
      • Brown University,
      • 1974
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Samuel Z. Westerfield Award,
      • National Economic Association,
      • January, 2012
      • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford,
      • Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University,
      • July, 2011- June, 2012
      • Residency Fellow,
      • Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences,
      • 0 2011
      • Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award,
      • Southern Economic Association,
      • 0 2002
  • Recent Publications

      • WA Darity, D Hamilton and JB Stewart.
      • (2015).
      • A Tour de Force in Understanding Intergroup Inequality: An Introduction to Stratification Economics.
      • The Review of Black Political Economy
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      • 1-6.
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      • TM Diette, AH Goldsmith, D Hamilton and W Darity.
      • (2015).
      • Skin Shade Stratification and the Psychological Cost of Unemployment: Is there a Gradient for Black Females?.
      • The Review of Black Political Economy
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      • 42
      • (1-2)
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      • 155-177.
      • [web]
      • TM Diette, AH Goldsmith, D Hamilton and W Darity.
      • (2015).
      • Skin Shade Stratification and the Psychological Cost of Unemployment: Is there a Gradient for Black Females?.
      • Review of Black Political Economy
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      • 42
      • (1-2)
      • ,
      • 155-177.
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.The purpose of this paper is to formally evaluate whether the deleterious impact of unemployment on mental health increases as skin shade darkens for black women in the U.S. Using data drawn from the National Survey of American Life, we find strong evidence of a gradient on depression between skin shade and unemployment for black women. These findings are consistent with the premises of the emerging field of stratification economics. Moreover, the findings are robust to various definitions of skin shade. Unemployed black women with darker complexions are significantly more likely to suffer their first onset of depression than unemployed black females with lighter skin shade. While in some cases, lighter skinned black women appeared not to suffer adverse effects of unemployment compared to their employed counterparts, persons with dark complexions did not enjoy the same degree of protection from poor mental health.

      • WA Darity, D Hamilton and JB Stewart.
      • (2015).
      • A Tour de Force in Understanding Intergroup Inequality: An Introduction to Stratification Economics.
      • Review of Black Political Economy
      • ,
      • 42
      • (1-2)
      • .
      • [web]
      Publication Description

      © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.This special edition of the Review of Black Political Economics provides a contribution to the growing, vital and intellectually rich field of stratification economics. Stratification economics is an emerging field in economics that seeks to expand the boundaries of the analysis of how economists analyze intergroup differences. It examines the competitive, and sometimes collaborative, interplay between members of social groups animated by their collective self-interest to attain or maintain relative group position in a social hierarchy. The collection of articles in this volume span both quantitative and qualitative approaches, geographical distances (Bangladesh, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, and the U.S.), types of intergroup disparity (class, race, ethnicity, tribe, gender, and phenotype), and outcomes associated with social stratification (property rights in identity, human capital, financial capital, consumer surplus, health, and labor market outcomes).

      • William Darity Jr..
      • (November, 2014).
      • "Race, Caste, Class, and Subalternity".
      • The Journal of Asian Studies
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  • Postdoctoral Students

    • Dena Montague
      • 2013-2014
    • Jean Beaman
      • 2013-2014
    • Daniella A. Cook
      • 20082010
    • Nicole Lewis
      • 20072008
    • Monika Gosin
      • 20082010
    • Nina Smith
      • 20122013
  • PhD Students

    • Divya Guru Rajan
      • Status: PostPrelim
    • Dania Frank
      • 2009 - 2013
      • Status: Graduated
    • Ashley Brown
      • 2008 - 2013
      • Status: Graduated
  • Teaching

    • AAAS 642S.01
      • GLOBAL INEQUALITY RESEARCH
      • East Duke 108
      • Tu 11:45 AM-02:15 PM