August 2022 Cook Center Newsletter

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August 2022

The Fall 2022 semester has not yet started, but the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is already buzzing with activity. By week’s end the 14th (!) cohort of fellows in the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics will be meeting on Duke’s campus, discussing their latest research and receiving critical input from their mentors as they advance in their paths to achieving tenure-track positions. Additionally, the Cook Center’s Social Mobility Working Group is convening to discuss the next steps in its ongoing National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color (NASCC) project to understand the manifestations of racial wealth inequality across geographic and ethnic lines, which has already explored these issues in such regions as Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Tulsa, and Washington D.C.

Indeed, this semester—and this year—should be a busy one for the Cook Center. And as such, we’ve revamped this newsletter, in both form and frequency, to make sure you stay up-to-date on all the exciting things happening in our ecosystem. Keep an eye out for this newsletter in your inbox each month, and in the meantime be sure to follow us on our various social media platforms (now including LinkedIn!) to stay in the loop.

If you have suggestions or feedback on the new format, please let us know by replying to this email. We thank you for reading and, more importantly, for your thoughtful consideration of our work.


Movers and Shakers


Upcoming Books


Research Spotlight

Position and Possessions: Stratification Economics and Intergroup Inequality

Cook Center Director William A. Darity Jr. was featured in Duke Today for his latest paper outlining his theory of Stratification Economics, the research subfield that Darity launched in 2005. Darity’s article, which was published in the Journal of Economic Literature, provides an overview of how stratification economics explores “the complex interplay between the individual, the group with which the individual identifies, and that group’s position relative to others.”

Moreover, Darity’s work on Stratification Economics was highlighted in a “Quick Learner” on Duke’s YouTube channel (also embedded below).

Quick Learner | Stratification Economics: How group identities fuel inequality

Upcoming Events

August 18-20: DITE conference

August 29: First day of Duke undergraduate classes. Read all about this semester’s Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) seminar here.

October 22: Color of Education Summit

October 25-27: Book Launch of The Pandemic Divide (Details to come!)


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