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Darrick Hamilton

Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University

Dr. Hamilton was previously a jointly appointed professor of economics and urban policy in the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, Schools of Public Engagement and the Department of Economics, the New School for Social Research, and the director of the Milano School's doctoral program in public and urban policy at The New School in New York, New York. In addition, he serves as co-associate director of Duke University's Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity.

Professor Hamilton is a stratification economist. His research focuses on the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in economic and health outcomes, which includes an examination of the intersections of identity, racism, colorism and socioeconomic outcomes. His grants and other funding has included support from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, JP Morgan Chase and, currently, he serves as the co-principal investigator of the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color Project at Duke University.

His academic work is widely published in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and popular media press, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. In addition, his media appearances include Al Jazeera America Cable Network, National Public Radio (NPR), MSNBC, and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).

His teaching experience includes a range of core courses, e.g., Economic Analysis and Quantitative Methods, and elective courses, e.g., Racial Economic Disparities: Causes and Consequences and Racial Relations: Comparative International Perspectives.

He is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and a national advisory committee member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action, Policy and Law Research Program to Build a Culture of Health. He has served on the board of directors and as president of the National Economic Association.

Dr. Hamilton earned a BA in economics from Oberlin College and a PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina.


  • –present
    Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University