Politico names Professor William Darity as top thinker

Friday, September 15, 2017
Duke Chronicle

For most people, the act of thinking is second nature. However, one Duke faculty member has taken this mental operation to a whole new level, according to Politico magazine.

William Darity Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy and a founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, was recently honored as one of Politico's top 50 key thinkers of 2017 for his work targeting unemployment. He shared the award with Darrick Hamilton, associate director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center.

“It’s really gratifying to have work that I have been pursuing for quite a while to get the acknowledgment and recognition that this award represents,” Darity said.

The award honored thinkers, doers and visionaries who have transformed politics and policy in  2017. Darity joined a bipartisan list of recipients that includes Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. 

Darity’s recognition is based on his proposal for a federal job guarantee program that ensures government-provided jobs to all Americans over 18 years of age. His research centered around eliminating the phenomenon of working poverty and reducing involuntary unemployment. 

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