Bootstraps and Silver Spoons

Ways & Means, Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Most of us prize stories of people who start with nothing in life, and then become rich. Americans even have a saying for it: pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.  However, new economic research is revealing how wealth is actually built in the US and how difficult it is for some people to... Read More »

DAPL Doesn’t Make Economic Sense

Dollars & Sense, Monday, February 6, 2017
Last week, Donald Trump signed an executive order to advance approval of the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines. This should come as no surprise, as Trump continues to fill his administration with climate deniers, ranging from the negligent choice of Rick Perry as energy secretary to Scott... Read More »

Letter to the editor

The Chronicle, Monday, February 6, 2017
Black History Month is an opportune moment to reflect on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling recognizing teaching and research assistants at private colleges and universities as employees with the right to protection under the National Labor Relations Act and to consider the ongoing... Read More »

Why We Need a Federal Job Guarantee

Jacobin, Saturday, February 4, 2017
Universal basic income (UBI), an annual government-sponsored payment to all citizens, has been gaining traction across the American political landscape. Andy Stern, former Service Employees International Union president, believes the program will counteract the “acceleration of technology” that he... Read More »

The Dakota Access Pipeline imposes huge environmental and health costs creates few jobs, and generates little government revenue

, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Contact: Mark Paul, Duke University,, 413-230-9175;  Anders Fremstad, Colorado State University,   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Dakota Access Pipeline imposes huge environmental and health costs, creates few jobs, and generates little... Read More »

The vast wealth gap between black and white women in the United States

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Women of all races in the United States don’t get paid as much as men for doing the same job, but the financial discrepancies for black women are especially troubling. That’s not just in terms of income—black women bring home 63 cents (compared to 75 cents for white women) for every dollar a white... Read More »

A graduate student union will make Duke better

The Chronicle, Thursday, January 26, 2017
"Thanks to a hard fought, and well-deserved, ruling by the National Labor Relations Board handed down in August, Duke graduate students are working to unionize. While support among students appears to be strong on campus, the Duke administration is pushing back hard in an attempt to prevent the... Read More »

Why Schools Should Refine Black History Education

Wisconsin Public Radio, Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Keisha Bentley-Edwards, professor of General Internal Medicine and the Director of the Health Equity Working Group at the Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, joined the Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio this morning to discuss the ways black history is... Read More »

Commentary: #ThisIsNotNormal, it really isn’t and must be reversed

East Bay Times, Wednesday, January 25, 2017
"Pre-election America was no picnic for women, particularly women of color. In my work with the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, we recently released a report on women, race and wealth that looks at the stark differences in wealth accumulation between white and black women across... Read More »

New Study Reveals Black Women Face Biggest Struggle in Building Wealth

UrbanMecca, Tuesday, January 24, 2017
A new study has revealed that when it comes to establishing wealth, black women aren’t presented with the same possibilities as their white counterparts. The study was conducted by the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Insight Center for Community Economic Development and examined... Read More »