The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University is a research collective of scholars engaged in research on the social problems associated with inequality and deprivation, particularly inequality between groups differentiated by class, caste, race, ethnicity, religion and gender. Our goal is to coalesce Duke’s intellectual strengths to create an outstanding research hub devoted to the study of human disparity, especially group-based disparities. We aim to provide policymakers with findings that will enable them to expand fairness in opportunity for all Americans and for the global citizenry.

Personally, the study of inequality has been at the heart of my own research activity throughout my nearly 50-year academic career. I have been thrilled by the opportunity to collaborate with the remarkable group of scholars who are associated with the Cook Center. I am confident that our cooperative efforts will produce valuable and socially useful research findings.

William A. Darity Jr. (“Sandy”)
Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics
Duke University