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William Darity, Jr., Ph.D., a distinguished scholar and economist, taught the course, Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality: A Cross-National Perspective while at Spelman. One of Dr. Darity's desires was to encourage students at the College to pursue doctoral degrees. "This is an institution that has a lot of tradition in producing very talented scholars," says Dr. Darity. "I really would like to encourage as many of the students here as possible to consider careers in the academy." His course challenged students to explore the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic division from a comparative, cross-national perspective.
Dr. Darity's research and teaching interests include racial and ethnic economic inequality, North-South theories of development and trade, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution, as well as the social psychological effects of exposure to unemployment. He is the Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, research professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke University and director of the Institute of African-American Research. This year, he is a visiting Professor at Stanford University, Graduate School of Economics.
His books include Economics, Economists, and Expectations: Microfoundations to Macroapplications (2004) coauthored with Warren Young and Robert Leeson, and a volume coedited with Ashwini Deshpande entitled Boundaries of Clan and Color: Transnational Comparisons of Inter-Group Disparity (2003) both published by Routledge. He has published or edited 10 books and published more than 125 articles in professional journals.
Darity has a B.A. (magna cum laude) in economics and political science from Brown University (1974) and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978). He was named as a Marshall Scholar upon completion of undergraduate school.
Darity lives with his family in Durham, NC where he plays harmonica in a local blues band, occasionally serves as a youth sports coach, and enjoys reading science and speculative fiction.