Juneteenth and Beyond: the Historical Context on Inequality in North Carolina

By: Rachel Ruff At the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, Juneteenth holds profound significance as we reflect on the prolonged journey to freedom for enslaved individuals. Established as a scholarly collaborative dedicated to studying and remedying inequalities, the Cook Center recognizes Juneteenth not only as a pivotal moment in American […]

Cook Center Collaborators Publish Paper on Growing U.S. Racial Wealth Gap

Three collaborators at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity at Duke University have published a new paper showing that the modern racial wealth gap is in fact growing, in large part because of the cumulative impact of the country’s racial history, and intergenerational transfers of wealth from older generations to younger ones. “When […]

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Cook Center Course on Gender and Development Inspires Rigorous Inquiry and Personal Growth

By: Rachel Ruff Durham, NC — This April at Duke University’s Levine Science Research Center, students from the Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) course presented their capstone projects, bringing to life their semester-long investigations into gender and development. This class, part of the broader educational programming from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity […]

Associate Director Keisha Bentley-Edwards Publishes Paper on Infectious Disease Transmission in a Small Community

Cook Center Associate Director of Research, Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards, has co-authored a research article in PLOS ONE titled, “Homophily and social mixing in a small community: Implications for infectious disease transmission“. Dr. Bentley-Edwards and her co-authors explored how people in a small, diverse community interact and what this means for the spread of diseases like […]

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Faculty Affiliate Sarah Gaither Publishes Paper on College Roommate Assignments & Surprise Friendships

Faculty Affiliate Sarah Elizabeth Gaither, PhD, the Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University, has recently coauthored a paper titled “Testing intergroup contact theory through a natural experiment of randomized college roommate assignments in the United States.” The findings, recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggest that […]

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Visiting Faculty Monica Garcia-Perez is Guest Editor in May 2024 Special Issue of American Journal of Health Economics

Visiting Faculty Monica Garcia-Perez, PhD, is the Guest Editor of the May 2024 special health equity edition of the American Journal of Health Economics. The issue was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic and the disparities that affect access to health care, quality of care, and final health outcomes. The issue features five papers that focus […]

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Faculty Affiliate Loneke Blackmann Carr’s Paper on Re-Imagining Weight Loss in Black Women Now Available Online

Faculty Affiliate Loneke Blackmann Carr, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut, recently published a paper titled “Black Feminism and Womanism: A Narrative Review of the Weight Loss Literature” The paper, published in Ethnicity & Disease, is a systematic review that employs Black Feminism and Womanism to examine […]

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Faculty Affiliate Bruce Orenstein Interviewed on WBEZ Chicago/NPR Radio Show

Faculty Affiliate Bruce Orenstein was interviewed on Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons, WBEZ Chicago’s daily talk show in affiliation with NPR, to discuss his four-part documentary series Shame of Chicago, Shame of the Nation on May 7. Shame of Chicago, Shame of the Nation lays bare the true stories behind how Chicago and its suburbs devised […]

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Faculty Affiliate Vicki Bogan Named Incoming Director of Graduate Studies at the Sanford School

Effective July 1, Cook Center Faculty Affiliate Dr. Vicki Bogan will become the Director of Graduate Studies of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. An award-winning educator, Bogan joined the Sanford School in fall 2023 as a professor of economics. Read more about Dr. […]

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Faculty Affiliate Nancy MacLean Taking Part in Two Major Grants

Faculty Affiliate Dr. Nancy MacLean, the William H. Chafe Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, is a participant in two recently-funded, multi-year grant projects to address the escalating attacks from the political right on education at all levels. First, the Mellon Foundation has funded the creation of a sizable Center for […]