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Algernon Austin, Ph.D.
Fmr Director, Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy
Phone: (202) 543-0898
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P.O. Box 64076
Washington, DC 20029

Type of Asset Work

Area(s) of Expertise
Workforce development/access to good jobs

Specific Population Focus
African Americans, Asian Americans, Immigrants, Latinos/Hispanics, Special Population Focus


Dr. Austin studies racial relations with a focus on black Americans. He is the former director of the Economic Policy Institute's Prgram on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE). Prior to joining the EPI, he was a Senior Fellow at Demos and a faculty member at Wesleyan University. His current work focuses on workforce development and income as preconditions to building wealth. Dr. Austin has published numerous books and articles, including Getting It Wrong: How Black Public Intellectuals Are Failing Black America and Achieving Blackness: Race, Black Nationalism, and Afrocentrism in the Twentieth Century . He has published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Qualitative Sociology, the Journal of African American Studies, and Race, Gender and Class. He is currently writing a book on race and attitudes toward President Obama.

He has a BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.