Sanford Professor Receives Award From National Economic Association

UPDATED Feb. 8, 2012: William A. Darity’s Samuel Z. Westerfield Address, “From Here to Full Employment” given Jan. 7, 2012 in Chicago. (PDF)

Duke Professor William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. has been named as the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award recipient for 2012 by the National Economic Association (NEA).

The award, the NEA’s highest honor, was presented on Jan. 7, 2012, at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago. The Westerfield Award is named after the distinguished economist and former Ambassador to Liberia, Samuel Z. Westerfield. Established in 1973, it acknowledges outstanding scholarly achievements and public service by an African American economist. Previous recipients include Nobel Laureate Sir W. Arthur Lewis, Phyllis Wallace and Marcus Alexis.

In addition to being the Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy in the Sanford School, Darity is also chair of Duke’s department of African and African American Studies, a professor of economics and director of the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality. His research focuses on inequalities related to race, class and ethnicity, stratification economics, schooling and the racial achievement gap, skin shade and labor market outcomes, the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution and the social- psychological effects of unemployment.

He is editor-in-chief of the new edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, published by Macmillan Reference in 2008.

The National Economic Association was founded in 1969 to promote the professional lives of minorities within the profession. The NEA focuses on producing and distributing knowledge of economic issues that are of exceptional interest to native and immigrant African Americans, Latinos, and other people of color.