Famous Black Economists

Sadie Alexander, 1898-1989, was the first Black female Ph.D. in Economics. She graduated in 1921 and later earned a law degree in 1927. Her dissertation compared the spending patters of 100 Black households with White counterparts.

Phyllis Ann Wallace: Author Ms. Wallace, who earned her master and doctorate degree of economics at Yale, later became a part of the Equal Opportunity Commission in 1965. Through her work she was a voice for equal rights in the workplace.

Peter Q. Blair is on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he co-directs the Project on Workforce. Peter Q. Blair: Currently works at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Serving as a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, his group’s focus is on the connection between the future of work and future of education, labor market discrimination, occupational licensing and residential segregation.

Caroline Hoxby: Not only a Professor of Economics at Stanford University, Caroline Hoxby has become one of the world’s leading scholars in Economics of Education.

Cecilia Rouse

Once a Professor of Economics, she is now serving on the 30th chair of Council of Economics and is the first  African American to do so. Before then she was a part of the Biden Administration for two as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Cecilia Conrad

With parents who were activists, she was inspired to pave the way in her own right. With a doctor’s degree in Economics, she has become successful in this field of study where she taught at Duke University amongst other universities and colleges.

William Spriggs

Having worked as a Professor in the Department of Economics, he has been devoted to economic justice. In between the years 2009 to 2012 he was appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.

William A. Darity

Samuel DuBois Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Professor of African and African American Studies
Professor of Economics

Willene Johnson

Dr. Johnson works as a consultant on subjects associated with finance and development. She worked in the Federal Reserve System for 20 years, where she attained her experience with economics and finances.

Valerie Wilson

Is a labor economist who is the director of Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy. Over the years, she has written about issues that affect economic inequality in the United States. Gould, Elise, and Valerie Wilson. Black workers face two of the most lethal preexisting conditions for coronavirus—racism and economic inequality. EPI Report. June 2020

Trevon Logan: Professor Logan is research associate who specializes in economic history and demography. A great deal of his work comes from household surveys and education of the 20th century.

William Sowell

Over the years he taught economics to multiple colleges and universities. He writes on subjects like economics, history, social policy, ethnicity, and the history of ideas.

Susan Collins

Ms. Collin is the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, coming from an Economics Study Program at Bookings. Her field of experience is in international economics.

Peter Blair Henry: An economist and Dean Emeritus of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, there are many things he’s accomplished. Peter Henry is in charge of the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative, a program created to address underrepresentation in economics by mentoring students of color.

Michelle Holder

An author and an associate professor of John Jay College is doing research on the Black community and women of color in the U.S. labor market.

Margret Simms

Margaret C. Simms is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute and Director of the Institute’s Low-Income Working Families project

Lisa Cook

Lisa Cook: Her childhood experiences with race have shaped her into who she is today. A Professor of economics and international relations, Lisa Cook has written topics on the impact of lynchings in slowly overall economic activity, to how having a distinctively black name positively affects longevity, to economic loss of excluding African Americans and women from the innovation process.

Violence and economic activity: evidence from African American patents, 1870–1940. Journal of Economic Growth 19, no. 2 (2014): 221-257.

Kristen Broady

Serves at Dillard University as a Professor of financial economics, who’s now on leave. She puts her focus into economic issues like: mortgage foreclosure risk, labor and automation, and racial health disparities.

Julianne Malveaux

An activist, civil leader, economist and author for women’s rights, Dr. Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women.

Glenn Loury

Glenn Loury: Is Professor of Social Sciences and Economics at Brown University. He’s an academic economist, who has published many essays on issues involving racial inequality and social policy.

Ellora Derenoncourt:

As an assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University, she focuses her research on labor economics, economic history, and the study of inequality.

Ebonya Washington

Dr. Washington is a Professor of Economics and as a public economist, she focuses on political economy. Her research involves interplay of race, gender, and political representation.

Darrick Hamilton

A Professor of Economics and Urban Policy. He uses social science methods to examine things like: causes, consequences, and remedies of racial, gender, ethnic, tribal and nativity inequality in education, economic and health outcomes.

Dania Francis: An assistant professor of economics at University of Massachusetts Boston, Dr. Francis’ research includes identifying the reasoning for racial and socioeconomic inequality regarding academic achievement gaps.

Damon Jones: As an associate professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, he does research on public finance, household finance, and labor economics.

Walter Williams

Roland G. Fryer Jr.: A Professor of Economics at Harvard University, was the youngest to receive tenure. He has also co-founded Equal Opportunity Ventures which can possibly grow economic mobility in America.

Charles L Betsey

Currently teaches as a Professor of Economics at Howard University, in graduate courses in labor and human resource economics, and undergraduate courses in labor economics and black community development. Student outcomes at historically black colleges and universities, and the economic status of minorities are some of the many issues he is researching.

Andrew Brimmer
Thomas D Boston