2017 Faculty Convocation Honors Nationally Acclaimed Faculty Members Arindrajit Dube and M.V. Lee Badgett

Arindrajit Dube
Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Professor Arindrajit Dube is a policy influencer: his research on minimum wage has been cited in the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama and in the 2014 Economic Report of the President. He was asked by the Brookings Institution to author a minimum wage proposal. His proposal to take a regional approach to minimum-wage setting has received praise across the political spectrum. Dube studies the economic effects of labor market conditions relating to unemployment insurance policies, fiscal stimulus packages, wage practices of such consumer giants as Wal-Mart, and looks into the mechanics of workplace structures, such as sick-leave benefits, to examine the way such practices impinge upon our expectations of quality of life. 
Professor Dube is frequently invited to give his expertise at seminars and policy presentations and before legislative bodies. In 2013, he presented before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He gave a presentation on minimum-wage policies to the Connecticut state legislature, and in California, he gave a presentation on low-wage jobs to the state legislature and spoke to the Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Commission on Supermarkets about health coverage for grocery store workers. Professor Dube also was asked to author a piece on the political economy of stimulus spending for the esteemed 2014 Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. He has moved the research frontier for thinking about minimum wage, employer mandates, and the labor market as a whole.

Education: BA, Stanford University, 1996; MA, Stanford University, 1996; PhD, University of Chicago, 2003


M.V. Lee Badgett
Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy

An influential scholar-activist and social commentator, Lee Badgett is a world-leading expert on the economic and policy dimensions of sexual orientation. Professor Badgett is the author or coauthor of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 18 book chapters, and four books. She produces policy-relevant research, including more than 70 policy reports on the economic, legal, and political frameworks governing the way people of different sexual orientation live their lives. She has played a prominent role as a public intellectual on issues of sexual orientation and public policy: giving interviews, writing op-ed pieces, presenting expert testimony in important cases, and offering advice to policy makers in the U.S. and other countries. She is a speaker in high demand to give comment on these topics in the global community. Her op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As an important scholarly voice on marriage equality and sexual and gender equality, she has been profiled on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and CNN’s American Morning.
Professor Badgett is internationally renowned for her innovative, practical, and reliable analysis of the economic and policy implications of same-sex marriage and LGBT human rights, and her work has been cited and supported by the United Nations and World Bank.

Education: AB, University of Chicago, 1982; PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1990