Press Release Economic Justice Inequality United States Workers

Dr. Algernon Austin, Accomplished Authority on the Intersection of Race and the Economy, Joins CEPR Staff

September 20, 2021

Contact: Karen Conner, 202-281-4159Mail_Outline

Washington, DC — The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) welcomes Algernon Austin to our staff as Director, Race and Economic Justice. Previously, Dr. Austin was a Senior Researcher at the Thurgood Marshall Institute at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. 

“As an accomplished scholar with an outstanding record of research and publications on labor market experiences of Black workers, Algernon will contribute to research and policy work that CEPR has long considered vital to its mission and to which we have devoted significant resources in the past,” said CEPR co-director Eileen Appelbaum. “I am very pleased that CEPR will now be able to expand our domestic research and policy work on economic justice and the quest for equity in the labor market.”

From academia to think tanks, Dr. Austin has contributed research on race, the economy, and civil rights for over 20 years. He also conducted economic policy research on racial wealth inequality for Dēmos, and other think tanks. Notably, as the founding director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy, Dr. Austin built a nationally recognized research and policy resource on the economic condition of  people of color in the United States.

Dr. Austin has a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University, and he taught sociology as a faculty member at Wesleyan University. He has discussed racial inequality on PBS, CNN, NPR, and other national television and radio networks. His 2015 book, America Is Not Post-Racial: Xenophobia, Islamophobia, Racism, and the 44th President, is considered the only book to analyze the 25 million “Obama haters” in America.

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