Outside Opportunities

Outside Opportunities

Committed to supporting research centers and organizations that further the conversation on advancing social equity, the Cook Center features outside opportunities that are in alignment with our mission and research themes.

By disseminating information on programming, lectures, conferences, job postings, and various external prospects, the Cook Center seeks to connect our network of scholars, supporters, and students with valuable resources and upcoming opportunities.

To submit opportunities for posting consideration on our website, calendar, or social media accounts, please email

Faculty, Research, & Administrative Job Openings

Director of Race and Democracy (Remote)

The Roosevelt Institute

Reporting to the Vice President, Think Tank, the Director, Race and Democracy, will lead the Roosevelt Institute’s race and democracy program. The race and democracy program investigates the structure and functioning of our democratic institutions and the racial rules that structure our economy. It offers innovative paradigms and policies to help strengthen and sustain our democracy in order to build a more equitable economy and society. The Director will develop a portfolio on key governing institutions and their relationship to a functioning democracy, and they will expand our program’s research portfolio and publication pipeline that currently includes work on race, inequality and democracy, stratification economics, and law and political economy (LPE). Our resident expert on race and democracy, the Director will drive internal strategy and represent Roosevelt in the media and among advocacy groups, funders, and elected officials.


Principal Economist (Remote)

The Roosevelt Institute

The Principal Economist’s work will combine day-to-day management, long-range strategy development, and research and writing. Their time will be divided roughly as follows: 30 percent managing think tank directors and fellows, helping these subject matter experts develop strategic research and writing plans and ensuring high-quality products; 30 percent advising Roosevelt’s senior leadership on strategic economic policy interventions; 15 percent serving as a spokesperson on economic matters for the organization through work with media and regular meetings with allies and policymakers. About 20 percent of the Principal Economist’s time will be spent conducting their own research and writing.


Director, Stratification Economics (Remote)

The Roosevelt Institute

The Director, Stratification Economics’s work will combine day-to-day management, long-range strategy development, and research and writing. Their time will be divided roughly as follows: 40 percent personal research and writing; 30 percent managing the research and writing of fellows and contract authors; 20 percent promoting the work of the program; 10 percent administrative and management tasks—for example, supporting the development team. Included in the time devoted to research and writing and fellows’ research and writing may involve helping research associates and program managers support the program’s work.

Reporting to the Principal Economist, the Director will partner with team members and leaders across the organization to develop, refine, and execute program strategy. The Director will also serve as Roosevelt’s primary resident expert on race, gender, and the economy, driving internal strategy and representing Roosevelt in the media, among advocacy groups, with funders, and with elected officials.


Fellowship Program (Remote)

The Roosevelt Institute

The Roosevelt Institutes’ fellowship program brings early- and mid-career professionals into the life of the Institute for two-year, part-time fellowships. These fellowships are intended to bring new, diverse voices and expertise into the progressive policy community. Fellows are a critical part of Roosevelt’s intellectual community and play an essential role in Roosevelt’s work, developing and advocating for new ways of thinking about our economy and governance structures. Fellows receive training and support from Roosevelt’s communications and advocacy teams to help increase their public profile. Working in one of Roosevelt’s five program areas–Corporate Power; Worker Power and Economic Security; Macroeconomic Analysis; Climate and Economic Transformations; and Race and Democracy–each fellow will publish 1-2 reports and issue briefs each year with Roosevelt as well as blog posts and op-eds.

Past Roosevelt fellows have gone on to work in presidential administrations, at other progressive think tanks, and to hold university positions.


Economic Development Policy Contractor (Remote)

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

The Economic Development Policy Contractor assists the Director of Economic Development Policy and the Research & Evaluation Manager with research projects, surveys, program evaluation, and applying for and reporting on funding opportunities. The position works to elevate CSBDF as a thought leader on topics including local and regional economies, the impact finance industry; community and economic development; social justice; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and data collection, data measurement, evaluation, and outcome and impact reporting in the CDFI industry.


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Program and Conference Opportunities

Sixth World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Social Inequality

6th world conference on remedies to racial and social inequality

Conference dates: September 3-5, 2024
Location: University of the Western Cape, Bellville Campus | Cape Town, South Africa
Overview: The Sixth World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Social Inequality will convene academic, policy, and community leaders from South Africa, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe to share their insights and experience battling inequality. We will formulate practical and innovative solutions to eliminating racial and social inequality. This conference will be held in person with virtual options for participation.

Issues to be tackled:

  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic, educational, medical and social disparities facing racial/ethnic minorities and people of color
  • Structural poverty and access to health care, education, and employment
  • Gender inequality
  • Energy, the environment, and climate change
  • Food and water insecurity
  • Social isolation and digital oppression
  • Democracy and racism

2024 Color of Education Summit

Call for Proposals: Color of Education Summit
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Proposals Due: June 30, 2024 at 5pm EST
Conference dates: September 27-28, 2024
Location: McKimmon Conference & Training Center at NC State University

Overview: The Color of Education Summit brings together educators, students, policymakers, researchers, parents, community members, and other key stakeholders focused on achieving equity and eliminating racial disparities in education. This year's theme is Collective Action: People & The Arc of Justice.

The 2024 summit will allow participants to experience the power of collective action, explore the significance of civic engagement, and create opportunities to collaborate within the state of NC and nationally. The summit will also highlight connections between the past and present to develop a deeper understanding on current educational policies which ultimately impact outcomes.

Color of Education is a partnership between the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity, Public School Forum of North Carolina, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, and the Center for Child and Family Policy. The Annual Color of Education Summit brings together educators, policymakers, researchers, students, parents, community members, and other key stakeholders focused on achieving racial equity and eliminating racial disparities in education.

To submit proposals, register for the summit, and learn more about proposal and presentation opportunities, visit the official event page by clicking the "learn more" button to the left.

"Behind the Data: Quantitative Approaches in Interdisciplinary Racism Research" Conference in Bayreuth, Germany Featuring Founding Director William Darity

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Conference dates: October 23-25, 2024
Location: Bayreuth, Germany
Overview: The second conference of the Racism Research Knowledge Network (WinRa) is organized jointly by the Universities of Bayreuth (Chair of Economic Geography) and Mannheim (Chair of Comparative Sociology). It will take place from October 23rd to 25th at the University of Bayreuth.
The conference, titled “Behind the Data: Quantitative Approaches in Interdisciplinary Racism Research,” will bring together a range of academics, including early-career scholars, from various fields who represent different theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to racism research. With a focus on empirical methods, the event will introduce quantitative approaches to studying racism in areas ranging from Economics and Sociology to Education Studies, Psychology, Health Research, Geography, and Media Studies.
The event will also feature researchers leveraging recent advances in big data and machine learning, an area that remains underappreciated in critical theoretical and qualitative research on racism.
In addition to discussing diverse approaches, key concepts, thematic boundaries, key controversies, methodological challenges and advances, the conference will bring together members of civil society organizations and activists working in action research and education to inform anti-racism policy.
The conference operates through a mixture of curated events and open-call slots, providing researchers with the opportunity to present their work. We particularly encourage early career scholars who work with quantitative or mixed methods to submit paper or poster abstracts related to the following themes:
  • Racism, racial discrimination and economics
  • Racism and health, well-being and stress
  • Racism and public spaces (including social media spaces)
  • Racism and labour markets, schools and educational systems
  • Racism and judiciary and police
  • Racism and artificial intelligence
  • Measurement and operationalization of racism
  • Innovative methods of studying racism and racial discrimination