Darrick Hamilton is a pioneer and internationally recognized scholar in the field of stratification economics, which fuses social science methods to examine the causes, consequences and remedies of racial, gender, ethnic, tribal, nativity, etc. inequality in education, economic and health outcomes. This work involves crafting and implementing innovative routes and policies that break down social hierarchy, empower people, and move society towards greater equity, inclusion, and civic participation.

Professor Hamilton’s scholarship and practice aligns closely with the work and objectives of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and The Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. In addition to serving as Kirwan's executive director, Professor Hamilton holds a primary faculty appointment in the Glenn College of Public Affairs, with courtesy appointments in the departments of economics and sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Hamilton was born and raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and earned a PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina; he completed postdoctoral appointments at the University of Michigan and Yale University, respectively. He is frequently cited in the media, consults with various public official and serves as an advisor to several nonprofit organizations.

Areas of research

  • Stratification Economics
  • Economic and Social Policy
  • Race, Ethnicity and Colorism
  • Education, Health, Labor and Asset and Debt markets
  • Family Formation

Selected Video and Audio Recordings

“How ‘Baby Bonds’ Could Help Close the Wealth Gap” Ted Talk: We Are the Future September 2018

“What is the Real Power of Wealth?” March 2018

Inequality in America: A National Town Hall, U.S. Capital, Participants included Senators Bernard Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and Film Maker Michael Moore, Washington, DC. March 2018

Could the Wealth Gap be Closed by Giving Babies $50,000? Some Economists Think so, CBC-Radio Canada, The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti. Guest. January 24, 2018.

Who Is Looking Out For America’s Children? 1A, National Public Radio (NPR). Guest. January 10, 2018.

Inequality’s Racism, OFF-KILTER: The show about poverty and inequality—and everything they intersect with. Hosted by Rebecca Vallas, Radio Syndicate and Podcast. March 2018

Today with John Perlman Show: What are the factors behind the wealth gap in the U.S., Kaya FM 95.9 South Africa Radio Show. Radio Guest. April 2016

The Next System Podcast with Adam Simpson, “Darrick Hamilton on the Racial Wealth Gap & the Job Guarantee,” The Democracy Collaborative. Podcast Episode 4. August 2017

INET blog, 2016. ‘Stratification’ Theory Tackles the Racial Blindspots of Orthodox Economics

Does College Level the Playing Field? Racial and Ethnic Differences in Family Wealth Among College-Educated Families, Research Symposium, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Center for Household Financial Stability, St Louis, MO. Author/Presenter and Discussant. May 2016

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