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Dania V. Francis

Assistant Professor | Economics & Afro-American Studies

(413) 545-6345

1020 Thompson Hall


Ph.D., Public Policy, Duke University, 2013
M.A., Public Policy, Duke University, 2010
M.A., Economics, Harvard University, 2003
B.A., Economics, Smith College, 2001


  • American Economic Association
  • National Economic Association
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Association for Education Finance and Policy

Research Areas

  • Labor Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Economics of Education
  • Racial and Ethnic Economic Disparities


Francis, Dania V. "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice? Teacher Perceptions of Black Girls in the Classroom." The Review of Black Political Economy, 2012, 39(3), pp. 311-320.

Francis, Dania V. “Economic Growth.” In P. L. Mason (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2 ed.), 2013. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, an imprint of Gale / Cengage Learning.

Darity Jr., William A.; Lahiri, Bidisha and Frank, Dania V. "Reparations for African-Americans as a Transfer Problem: A Cautionary Tale." Review of Development Economics, 2010, 14(2), pp. 248-61.

Darity Jr., William and Frank, Dania. "The Economics of Reparations." The American Economic Review, 2003, 93(2), pp. 326-29.