By the Numbers: How Gaping Disparities in Wealth Fuel a Generational Cycle of Inequality

Florida Political Review, Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Darrick Hamilton, a professor of economics at the New School and associate director of the Cook Center, argues that “wealthier families are better positioned to afford elite education, access capital to start a business, finance expensive medical procedures, reside in higher-amenity neighborhoods,... Read More »

Leading Scholars Hold Conference on Race and Inequality in America

Duke Today, Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Leading scholars gathered this past Thursday at Duke to discuss ways in which racial rules affect people’s daily lives and what we can do to change them to create a more inclusive economy and society. The conference on race and inequality in America, hosted by the Samuel DuBois Cook Center... Read More »

In the national anthem debate, why does it feel like everyone lost? Because nothing happened until the black guys were turned into the bad guys.

The Undefeated, Tuesday, October 31, 2017
“There has always been a politically contested terrain in sports,” said William “Sandy” Darity, a professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. “For people to talk about keeping politics out of sports, well, that’... Read More »

What to See at Duke This Week: Bull City 150 Project

Duke Today, Monday, October 30, 2017
Duke scholars from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Sanford School of Public Policy have amassed 150 years of housing data in Durham, and the results provide visual evidence for changing social and economic patterns over that period. The Bull City 150 project creates... Read More »

Who Do You Think You Are?

Hear at Duke, Monday, October 30, 2017
College is a time of transition and self-discovery. Every day, we become a different version of ourselves, but some of us don't really think about it. For others, it's all they can think about. In this episode, we talk to current and former Duke students about their stories of change:... Read More »

What to See at Duke This Week: "Hidden Rules of Race" and "Dream Hoarders"

Duke Today, Monday, October 23, 2017
"Brookings Institution scholar Richard V. Reeves’ latest book, "Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust," takes a harsh look at the economic inequalities that are leaving the working class and poor behind in modern America. That message... Read More »

U.S. senators introduce resolution honoring Samuel DuBois Cook

The Chronicle, Friday, October 20, 2017
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a resolution honoring the life of Samuel DuBois Cook, the first African American to hold either a regular or tenured faculty appointment at a predominantly white Southern college or university. Cook, who taught at Duke from 1966 to 1974 and was... Read More »

Ways and Means Podcast: S3 Episode 1: Slum Detectives

Duke Today, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Today, for our Season 3 premiere, we begin a three-part series, New Ideas for Policy in the Developing World. In this episode, high-tech meets high-need. How researchers are using Google Earth to find the undocumented slums of India. Duke Professor Anirudh Krishna has been studying slums in... Read More »

Cook Center receives $2.7 million to study relationship between health, religion

The Chronicle, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A new five-year project by the Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity is exploring how religiosity and involvement with churches affects African Americans' physical health.   The center recently received a $2.7 million grant to fund the project led by Keisha Bentley-Edwards,... Read More »

William Darity: How Cities Can Do Better Than the Fight for $15

YES! Magazine, Thursday, October 12, 2017
As we head into election season for municipal offices, candidates running for local city councils and mayor’s offices need a bold offensive strategy in order to reverse a shrinking workforce, growing pools of contingent workers who are vulnerable to volatile and low wages and reduced work hours,... Read More »