Dania V. Francis

Portrait of Dania Francis
Assistant Professor
203 Crotty 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

Research Interests: 

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


Economics & Education
The History of the Education of Blacks in the U.S.


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

Selected Publications: 

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.