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Six Scholars Join Faculty The Institute has added six new faculty for the coming year:

Evan Charney is completing a Ph.D. in government, and has two Master's degrees (Government and Classics/ Philosophy) from Harvard University. His research focuses on liberalism, pluralism and democracy. His dissertation, "Taking Pluralism Seriously: Liberalism and the Domain of the Political," is a defense of a form of liberalism that can accommodate deep-value pluralism while upholding certain basic liberal-democratic principles.

During his studies at Harvard, Charney was a Graduate Fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government (1997-98), and he received an Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center and the Dean of Undergraduate Education (1996-97). He was a Liberal Arts Fellow in Law at Harvard Law School (1990-91), a Jacob Javits Fellow (1988), a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities (1988), a Charles Eliot Norton Fellow (1992-93), an Edward Banfield Prize Fellow in Government (1994-96), and an Earhart Foundation Fellow (1996-97).

Elizabeth Richardson Vigdor has completed her Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard and a Master's of Science in Health Policy and Management from Harvard. Her research focuses on health economics, public economics and applied micro-economics. She is the co-author of the following recent publications:

  • "Your Money and Your Life: The Value of Health and What Affects It," Frontiers of Health Policy Research, Volume 2, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1998.
  • "The Value of Health: 1970-1990," American Economic Review, 88 (2), 1998.
  • "Measuring the Health of the United States Population," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Microeconomics, 1997.
  • "Characteristics of Automatic or Semiautomatic Firearm Ownership in the United States," American Journal of Public Health 87(2), 1997.

Jacob L. Vigdor has completed his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. His research focuses on state and local public finance, the economics of urban and social issues, real estate and mortgage markets and applied econometrics.

A recent publication, "The Rise and Decline of the American Ghetto" (with David Cutler and Edward Glaeser in The Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming) examines the social forces promoting segregation. The authors conclude that, since 1940, legal barriers enforcing segregation have been replaced by decentralized racism, where whites are willing to pay more than blacks to live in predominantly white areas. Vigdor and his co-authors are currently examining how immigrant segregation patterns compare with black-white racial segregation.

Kathryn Whetten-Goldstein, a researcher at the Center for Health Policy, Law and Management since 1993, has joined the tenure-track faculty in public policy studies. She has a Ph.D. in health policy and administration and a Master's in public health and child health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a Peace Corps Fellow in 1989 and worked as a public health technical trainer, training organizer and training director in Zaire. Her research interests include: the economic impact of long-term diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's and AIDS, and the impact of medical malpractice litigation on obstetrical care. She is currently leading a $2.2 million study of the delivery and coordination of care for persons with HIV and AIDS in fifteen North Carolina counties.

William A. "Sandy" Darity, Jr. is joining the Duke faculty half-time as Research Professor of Public Policy Studies. He will continue as the Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC he has served as director of the Minority Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, director of the Undergraduate Honors Program and director of Graduate Studies. He was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1989-90) and a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in 1984. He has also taught economics at the Centro de Excelencia Empresarial (Monterrey, Mexico), Grinnell College, the University of Tulsa, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Maryland at College Park, and Simmons College. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Darity's research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity; North-South theories of development and trade; history of economic thought and political economy; the Atlantic slave trade and the Industrial Revolution; and social psychology effects of unemployment exposure.

He is the co-author of Persistent Disparity: Race and Economic Inequality in the United States Since 1945 (forthcoming, Edward Elgar Publishing) and The Black Underclass: Critical Essays on Race and Unwantedness (Garland Publishing, 1994). He also co-authored Macroeconomics (Houghton Mifflin, 1994) and The Loan Pushers: The Role of Commercial Banks in the International Debt Crisis (Ballinger Publishing, 1988). He is the editor of Economics and Discrimination, 2 Volumes (Edward Elgar Publishing, 1995)..

Arthur W. Spengler is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies. He combines his recent academic and teaching experience with a 20-year career in public policy development and public management. His areas of expertise include local government management and policy, the legislative process, and public budgeting.

Before joining the Sanford Institute faculty, he was a visiting assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason University (1992-97). He previously worked for 19 years with the Montgomery County Council in Maryland, where he provided policy analysis and administrative support for the nine-member legislative body, as a budget and fiscal analyst, deputy staff director and then staff director. He has also been an economic and policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Spengler is the author of Collective Bargaining and Increased Competition for Resources in Local Government (Greenwood Publishing Group, forthcoming 1999). He has a Ph.D. in public policy from George Mason University and an M.A. degree in economics from Fordham College.

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