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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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

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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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

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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.