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Dania V. Francis
Assistant Professor
1020 Thompson Hall
(413) 545-6354
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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.

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