William A. Darity

Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies and Economics; Director, Duke Consortium on Social Equality; and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Child and Family Policy

William A. ("Sandy") Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies and Economics and director of the Duke Consortium on Social Equality.

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, doctrinal history and the social psychological effects of unemployment exposure.

Darity was named the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award recipient for 2012 by the National Economic Association, the NEA's highest honor.

Research Interests:

  • Economics
  • Education


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 1978
  • B.A. Brown University - 1974

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Cobb, RJ; Thomas, CS; Laster Pirtle, WN; Darity, WA (2016) Self-identified race, socially assigned skin tone, and adult physiological dysregulation: Assessing multiple dimensions of “race” in health disparities research SSM - Population Health, 2, 595-602, [doi]
  • Zhang, L; Sharpe, RV; Li, S; Darity, WA (2016) Wage differentials between urban and rural-urban migrant workers in China China Economic Review, 41, 222-233, [doi]
  • Akee, R; Stockly, SK; Darity, W; Hamilton, D; Ong, P (2016) The role of race, ethnicity and tribal enrolment on asset accumulation: an examination of American Indian tribal nations Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1-22, [doi]
  • Ramraj, C; Shahidi, FV; Darity, W; Kawachi, I; Zuberi, D; Siddiqi, A (2016) Equally inequitable? A cross-national comparative study of racial health inequalities in the United States and Canada Social Science & Medicine, 161, 19-26, [doi]
  • Utley, TJ; Darity, W (2016) India’s Color Complex: One Day’s Worth of Matrimonials The Review of Black Political Economy, 43, 129-138, [doi]