Trevon Logan

Dr. Trevon Logan is a professor of economics and the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. As an expert in economic demography, economic history and applied microeconomics, Logan can provide insight on the racial disparities of the economic impact of the coronavirus and how the lapse in federal unemployment benefits is affecting the economy.

Logan’s economic history research looks into how the human standard of living has changed over time. He’s currently focused on historical health patterns, racial discrimination, political economy, mortality, morbidity, and racial disparities in health.

His economic demography research has covered everything from dowries in South Asia to the economic, social and health impacts of male sex work. Outside of his two larger areas of focus, Logan has also researched the economics of sports betting and college football polls.

Logan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to receive two master’s degrees demography and economics and his doctoral degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Location: Columbus, OH

Expertise Field: Economic history and demography, health economics, microeconomics

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Twitter: @TrevonDLogan

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Last updated August 10, 2020

Janelle Jones

Janelle Jones is an Economic Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. Her research focuses on labor market topics around race, ethnicity, and the economy. She was previously a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, where she worked on unemployment, job quality, the economics of racial inequality, and unions. Her research has been cited in the New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, and Harper’s.

Janelle JonesEconomic Analyst, Economic Policy Institute 

Areas of Expertise: Economic Policy, Race and Economy, Economic Inequality, Unemployment, Job Quality, Unions

Location: Washington, DC

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Email (preferred):

Phone: (202) 775-8810


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Margaret Simms

Margaret Simms is an Institute fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, where she directs the Low-Income Working Families project. A nationally recognized expert on the economic well-being of African Americans, her current work focuses on low-income families, with an emphasis on employment and asset building.

Before joining Urban in 2007, Simms was vice president for governance and economic analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In 2005, Simms was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2008, she received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award from the National Economic Association. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Carleton College, Minnesota, in 2010.

Simms holds a BA in economics from Carleton College and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Margaret Simms
Director of the Low-Income Working Families Institute, The Urban Institute

Areas of Expertise: Low-Income Families (With An Emphasis On Employment And Asset Building), Poverty, Income And Wealth Disparities

Location: Washington, DC

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Phone: (202) 261-5709 (Media Relations)

Heard on Marketplace: What Buying Power Buys African Americans

Added August 2015

Last Verified: August 2015

Adriana Kugler

Adriana Kugler is a Colombian/American economist and Professor and Vice-Provost for Faculty at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. Her research interests include labor markets and policy evaluation in developed and developing countries. Her current research explores the impact of extensions of unemployment insurance on quality of jobs and match-quality of jobs, and long-term effects of training programs for disadvantaged youth on participants and external impacts on other family members.

Professor Kugler served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama Administration. Her research and policy work have been covered in The Economist magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Univision, NPR and in the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, Institute for the Study of Labor, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University. She is also Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Official portrait Adriana Kugler
Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

Areas of expertise: Job Creation, Labor Market Policies, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance Programs, Workforce Investment, Training Programs, Inequality, Poverty, Minorities

Location: Washington, DC

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Heard on: The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Human Potential

Added May 2015

Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty is the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a Director of Opportunity Insights. Chetty’s research on tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony. Chetty is a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the 2013 John Bates Clark medal, given by the American Economic Association to the best American economist under age 40.

Chetty’s work focuses on giving children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding later in life. He has been named one of the top economists in the world by The New York Times and The Economist. He has appeared on WBUR’s On Point, NPR’s All Things Considered and Planet Money.

Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics from Harvard University, is pictured in Littauer Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
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Professor of Economics, Harvard

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Equality of Opportunity, Tax Policy, Unemployment, Education

Location: Boston, MA

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All Things Considered: Want To Earn $1,000 More A Year? Try Kindergarten

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On Point: Upward Mobility In America

Added April 2015. Last updated February 2021.

Imara Jones

Imara Jones is the economics contributor to Colorlines Magazine and a former aide to President Bill Clinton, where he worked on international economic policy.

Jones provides insightful economic commentary through the prism of race, culture, gender and sexual orientation. In addition to being featured in The Guardian, BBC, Salon, The Nation and The Root, he is a frequent media guest who has appeared on PBS’ Democracy Now!, MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris Perry Show and on WNYC’s The Takeaway.

Economics Contributor,

Areas of Expertise: Economics, International Economics, Political Science, Policy, Race/Culture/Politics and Economics

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
(646) 784-0427
Twitter: @imarajones

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Last-Minute Deal to Avoid Government Shutdown: What It Means for US Credibility

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“>Sequestration: What Do Automatic Spending Cuts Mean for the Poor, Unemployed and Children?

Glenn Loury

Glenn Loury is a professor of social sciences and economics at Brown University, as well as the vice president of the American Economics Association. His expertise lies in the areas of applied microeconomic theory, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics and the economics of race and inequality.

Loury is an outspoken social critic and has worked as a contributing editor for The New Republic and The Boston Review. He is the author of several books including The Anatomy of Racial Inequality and Race, Incarceration and American Values.

Merton P. Stolz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University

Areas of Expertise: Applied Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Industrial Organization, Natural Resource Economics, Economics of Race & Inequality

Location: Brookline, MA

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Phone: (617) 460-4510


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Melissa L. Bradley

Melissa Bradley is a nonresident senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, and the founder and managing director of New Capitalist, an organization that leverages “human, financial and social capital to create economically profitable and sustainable individuals, businesses and communities.”

Before starting New Capitalist, Bradley served as the CEO of the investment consulting organization the Tides Foundation, bringing together partners and donors. Her expertise in socially responsible investing comes from years of consulting organizations such as the Center for American Progress, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on Family Economic Security and Civic Engagement and Green for All.

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute

Areas of Expertise: Investment, Wealth Disparities, Micro-enterprise, Workforce Development, Economic and Environmental Sustainability

Location: Washington, DC

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Phone: (917) 549-6092
Twitter: @bradleyml

Bradley speaks at Tides Momentum: “Building Wealth for All”

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad

Dedrick Muhammad is Chief of Race, Wealth and Community for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Previously, he was the Senior Director of the NAACP’s Economic Department and the Executive Director of the Financial Freedom Center.  He has testified at Congressional briefings, participated in White House meetings and has been cited and interviewed in the New York TimesThe NationWashington Post, Chicago Tribune, CNN Headline News and Democracy Now for his expertise on economic equity, race and inequalities and politics.

He began his professional career working in higher education serving as an academic advisor at Morgan State University, where he helped coordinate a college program at the maximum-security prison for women in New York State, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Muhammad’s work related to higher education also includes his time as Executive Director of Global Justice, a network of student groups across the country dedicated to challenging the health and economic disparities throughout the world.

In 2000 Muhammad joined Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN), where he served as the National Crisis Coordinator and then as the National Field Director. While at NAN Muhammad worked with organizations across the country to remove barriers to opportunity for African Americans.

 His professional work in economic equity began at United For A Fair Economy (UFE) where he served as coordinator of the Racial Wealth Divide Project.

While at UFE, Muhammad co-founded the State of the Dream report and co-authored the report. The report provides news, analysis and commentary on issues of race, urban development and economic disparities, among other issues in communities of color.

Senior Director, NAACP’s Economic Department

Areas of Expertise: Economics, Race & Inequalities, Politics as it Relates to African Americans

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Phone: 443.864.6467 (prefers to be texted first)

Twitter: @DedrickM
Blog: bridging the racial wealth divide

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Tell Me More: Blacks Feel Brunt Of Recession

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From Recession to Depression: The Destruction of the Black Middle Class

Last updated February 2021.