Darrick Hamilton

Darrick Hamilton

Darrick Hamilton

Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity


Areas of Expertise

  • Stratification Economics
  • Economic and Social Policy
  • Race, Ethnicity and Colorism


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. Oberlin College

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 is Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He also holds courtesy appointments in the departments of economics and sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

He 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