The desegregation of an elite economics department’s phd program: Black Americans at MIT


Journal Article

© 2015 by Duke University Press. We examine the history of the entry of black American graduate students into the PhD program in economics at MIT in the 1970s. The deployment of an active and aggressive affirmative action program led to the presence of a critical mass of black doctoral students at MIT during the first half of the decade. We explore in detail the reasons why some MIT faculty members characterized the initiative as a “failed experiment” and what ultimately happened to affirmative action at MIT’s economics department.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Darity, W; Kreeger, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 /

Start / End Page

  • 317 - 336

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-1919

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-2702

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1215/00182702-2716217

Citation Source

  • Scopus