Durham's Black Wall Street:

Finding Freedom Through Entrepreneurship

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Hank & Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars Summer Research Institute

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October 2019 - Race, Gender, and Entrepreneurship Conference

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About Us

Concerned with the economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions that create an inequity of resources, opportunity, and capabilities, Cook Center researchers take a cross-national comparative approach to studying human difference and disparity.

Our Research

The Cook Center organizes its research as well as its programmatic and scholarship activities around its four primary research domains: Class, Wealth, & Social Mobility; Education & Training; Employment; and Health & Well-being.

Our Programs

The Cook Center has several programs that explore inequality in our communities and engage scholars of all levels, including a summer research program for local high schoolers and a recurring research seminar for undergraduate and graduate students.

“Usually what people will say is, ‘Oh, clearly it’s genetics, clearly it’s socioeconomics, clearly it’s individual behavior,’” said Jay Pearson, Cook Center affiliate and assistant professor of Public Policy at Duke University.


Dr. Henry McKoy was a guest columnist in Triangle Business Journal. His column was part of a kickoff yearlong series that TBJ is doing called “The Promise of…” which references the promise of 40 acres and a mule.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant to the Cook Center for a new project studying the political effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Omer Ali, a postdoctoral associate at the Cook Center, will also play a key role.


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