Darrick Hamilton


Darrick Hamilton is the incoming Henry Cohen professor of economics and urban policy at The New School. He will also serve as the founding director of the newly created Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy at The New School. Currently, he is finishing out his position as the executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. He also holds a primary faculty appointment in the university’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, with courtesy appointments in the Departments of Economics and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Hamilton is a pioneer and internationally recognized scholar whose work fuses social science methods to examine the causes, consequences, and remedies of racial, gender, ethnic, tribal, and nativity inequality in education, economic, and health outcomes. This work involves crafting and implementing innovative routes and policies that break down social hierarchy, empower people, and move society toward greater equity, inclusion, and civic participation. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has authored numerous scholarly articles on socioeconomic stratification in education, marriage, wealth, homeownership, health (including mental health), and labor market outcomes. His op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The American Prospect, the Christian Science Monitor, Dissent Magazine, and The Huffington Post.


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The Moral Burden on Economists

Article | Apr 13, 2017

In his 2017 presidential address to the National Economic Association, Professor Darrick Hamilton warned that treating economics as a morally neutral ‘science’, and the discipline’s limited attention to structural barriers and overemphasis individual agency, has resulted in bad economics, and bad policy particularly as it relates to racial disparity.

​Racial Wealth Gap Won't be Fixed by Education Alone

Article | Aug 16, 2016

Renewed attention on America’s stark and growing racial wealth divide requires critical thinking on policy remedies

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The Baby Formula

Video | Feb 7, 2024

A fair start for every child? Let’s make it reality.

The State Has Failed to Protect Black Wealth in Tulsa and Across America

Article | Jun 17, 2021

Economist Darrick Hamilton, co-author of a new report on wealth across racial and ethnic groups in Tulsa, Oklahoma, explores the legacy of the Tulsa Race Massacre with the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Lynn Parramore.

Debt Talks Episode 2 | Debt, Wealth, and Racial Inequalities

moderated by Moritz Schularick with Mehrsa Baradaran, Ashley C. Harrington, Darrick Hamilton and Louise Seamster

Event Webinar | Hosted by Private Debt | Sep 15, 2020

Racial inequalities of wealth and income are pervasive. This episode of Debt Talks will feature a conversation with four prominent experts on the persistence of racial inequalities of wealth and income and the role of financial markets in shaping them.

Race and Economics: Exploring Headwinds and Resilience

Article | Dec 8, 2016

The Institute for New Economic Thinking’s recent Detroit event on race and economics noted both the structural impediments faced by African-Americans, and the impressive gains made in some communities despite those headwinds