Press Release Inequality

Economic Policy Researcher Algernon Austin Joins CEPR as Senior Research Fellow

08/09/2021 12:00am

Contact: Karen Conner, 202-281-4159Mail_Outline

Distinguished expert is an authority on the intersection of race and the economy. 

Washington, DC — The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) expands its expertise on domestic policy with the addition of Algernon Austin as a CEPR Senior Research Fellow. He joins 19 other CEPR Senior Research Fellows from around the world with expertise in a wide range of areas, including macroeconomics, international development, labor markets, and social and economic inequality. 

Dr. Austin has conducted research and writing on race and racial inequality issues for over 20 years, with his primary focus being the intersection of race and the economy. He looks forward to working with CEPR on social justice issues and is especially interested in developing policies to address the challenges of Black men and boys. 

From academia to think tanks, Dr. Austin has contributed research on race, the economy, and civil rights at the Thurgood Marshall Institute at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 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 source on the economic condition of America’s people of color.

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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