Professor, Department of Economics
M. V. Lee Badgett, Ph.D. is a professor of economics and author of The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World (NYU Press, 2016). She studies family policy issues and labor market discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, and gender, as well as the connections between LGBT rights and economic development. Prof. Badgett’s public engagement work includes co-authoring policy reports, testifying as an expert witness in Congress and in litigation, consulting with regulatory bodies, briefing policymakers, writing op-ed pieces, appearing on television and radio shows, speaking with journalists, and advising businesses. In 2010, she was an expert witness in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8.