NEW YORK, NY — This week, the Roosevelt Institute announced the arrival of four new Fellows joining its think tank team: William A. “Sandy” Darity, Darrick Hamilton, Julie Margetta Morgan, and Brishen Rogers. All four will support the Roosevelt Institute’s work on developing a 21st century social contract that supports all Americans.
“Roosevelt has built deep expertise on the problem of and solutions to concentrated corporate power,” said Nell Abernathy, Vice President of Policy and Research at the Roosevelt Institute. “Rebalancing our economy requires curbing corporate power, in part by redesigning and retooling public power as a way to challenge and balance out the immense power of a top-heavy private sector. Public goods or public options can be particularly effective in challenging corporate power and tackling racial or gender inequality that is often made worse by markets. These four new fellows will be a tremendous boost to this crucial work.”
Stratification economics experts Darrick Hamilton and Sandy Darity will examine how public options in banking can promote competition and access to and within the financial sector. Tackling another piece of the social contract, Julie Morgan will expand her work on higher education, investigating the current racialized nature of student debt and developing new policies for college finance. And labor lawyer Brishen Rogers will work to build new forms of bargaining that help build worker voices, specifically through expanding union membership and other forms of collective bargaining.
Darity is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. He is an internationally recognized scholar known best for his research and perspectives on racial identity, segregation, economic stratification, and history. He completed his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA at Brown University. He is based in Durham, North Carolina.
Hamilton is a professor of economics and urban policy and the director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy at The New School. He is a stratification economist whose research focuses on the impacts of and possible remedies for racial and economic inequality in economic and health outcomes. He completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his BA at Oberlin College.
Morgan most recently served as the senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, she was a senior policy advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, where she primarily focused on developing and implementing education policy proposals, including student loan refinancing, college affordability, and student loan reform. She completed her PhD in higher education and JD from Boston College.
Rogers is an associate professor of law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. His research focuses on the relationship between labor and employment law, technological development, and inequality. He completed his JD at Harvard Law School and his BA at the University of Virginia.
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Until the rules work for every American, they’re not working. The Roosevelt Institute asks: what does a better society look like? Armed with a bold vision for the future, we push the economic and social debate forward. We believe that those at the top hold too much power and wealth, and that our economy will be stronger when that changes. Ultimately, we want our work to move the country toward a new economic and political system: one built by many for the good of all.
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