Center on Race and Wealth
Howard University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Economics
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Our Team

The Center on Race and Wealth is led by co-principal investigators — Charles L. Betsey and Rodney D. Green. The Program Director, Janet Griffin-Graves, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center, project planning, and coordination of Center activities. Experienced researchers — Center Associates — at universities across the country conduct studies on asset building issues of interest to state and regional asset building coalitions and others interested in the topic of racial wealth disparities. The work of the Center Associates is supported by research assistants from the graduate economics program at Howard University.

Principal Investigators

Charles BetseyCharles L. Betsey
Co-Principal Investigator

Professor, Department of Economics
2400 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Tel: (202) 806-7685
Fax: (202) 806-4896
Email: cbetsey@howard.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Charles Betsey is Interim Dean of the Howard University Graduate School and Professor of Economics and serves as co-Principal Investigator of the Center on Race and Wealth. Dr. Betsey served as chairman of the economics department from 1990-1996 and as interim chair from 2003-2005. Prior to joining the faculty of Howard University he was on the faculty at a number of universities and served in various research organizations, including as study director for a National Research Council panel.

Dr. Betsey’s current research interests include financial literacy, consumption behavior and wealth accumulation of African-Americans, and pay and compensation policies in the market for college faculty. His recent publications include an edited volume of articles on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and a study of the determinants of faculty research productivity.

From 1991-1992, he served as president of the National Economic Association, and continues to serve as a member of the Board of Editorial Advisors of the Review of Black Political Economy. He is also a member of the Policy Council of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Dr. Betsey served as a Labor Economics Fellow at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from September 2005 to August 2006, consulting on a variety of research issues and designing a study of federal sector equal employment outcomes.

Dr. Betsey earned his B.A. in Economics and Spanish Literature and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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Rodney D. GreenRodney D. Green
Co-Principal Investigator

Professor, Chair and Executive Director, Center for Urban Progress
Department of Economics
College of Arts and Sciences
Howard University
Academic Support Building B, Third Floor
2400 Sixth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20059
Tel: (202) 865-8572
Fax: (202) 232-6751
Email: rgreen@howard.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Rodney Green has served as a professor of urban economics at Howard University since 1977, and for the past fifteen years has also served as Executive Director of the Howard University Center for Urban Progress, a unit designed to strengthen the University’s urban research, program evaluation, community service, and community development agenda at local, federal, and international levels. He currently serves as Chair of the Howard University Department of Economics and is a co-Principal Investigator of the Center on Race and Wealth.

Dr. Green has directed over 60 externally funded projects at the Center for Urban Progress since its founding with a value of over $30 million dollars. Dr. Green has authored three scholarly books on issues of race and urban development and over 40 journal articles. In recent years, he has directed evaluation studies of seven HOPE VI projects in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Florida, as well as other public housing and urban initiatives. Dr. Green has actively participated in labor, social justice, and anti-racist movements since 1968. Dr. Green received his undergraduate degree in politics and economics at Yale University (1970) and his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in economics at the American University.

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Program Director

Janet Griffin-GravesJanet Griffin-Graves
Program Director

1840 7th Street, NW, Room 316
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 865-8582
Fax: (202) 232-6751
Email: jrgriffin-graves@howard.edu

Janet Griffin-Graves serves as the Program Director of the Howard University Center on Race and Wealth and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Center, including program planning, implementation, and coordination. Reflecting her deep engagement in developing service-learning opportunities for Howard University students, she has for many years directed the Howard University Center for the Advancement of Service Learning and also served as Community Director of the Howard University Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She directed the Howard University Center for Urban Progress 21st Century Community Learning Center and coordinated the Howard University Community Development Internship Program. From 1985 to 1997, Dr. Griffin-Graves was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Howard University, where she taught labor economics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics courses.
           
Dr. Griffin-Graves earned her B.A. degree in economics from Spelman College and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Research Associates

Emily C. BlankEmily C. Blank
Research Associate

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Howard University
2400 4th St., N.W.
ASB-B Bldg. Room 306
Washington, DC 20059
Tel: 202-806-6717
Fax: 202.806.4896
Email: eblank@howard.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Emily Blank has served as a professor in the department of economics at Howard University since 1985, and for the past two years has also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the economics department. She has served on the economics committee for the Graduate Record Exam. She has also contributed a technical paper to the Economic Research Service of the Department of Agriculture (on the opportunity cost of farmer’s time) and contributed a report to the Economic Policy Institute analyzing the impact of a policy proposal on minorities and low-income workers.

Dr. Blank has published papers on the impact of layoffs and quits on wage growth, the impact of training on wage growth, the impact of the switch to defined contributions pensions on retirement wealth, and racial discrimination in mortgage lending. Her current research interests include various proposals for increasing retirement savings and the impact of mental health on retirement savings.

Emily Blank earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Bryn Mawr College and the Ph.D. in Economics at Boston College.

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William H. BrentWilliam H. Brent
Research Associate

Professor of Finance and Director of the Center for Banking Education
Department of Finance, International Business, & Insurance
School of Business and Public Administration
Howard University
2600 6th Street NW Room 533
Washington, DC 20059
Tel: (202) 806-1632
Email: wbrent@howard.edu
Curriculum Vitae

William (Bill) Brent, D.B.A. is a Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at Howard University. He completed his Doctor of Business Financial Management, MBA in Finance and Investments in 1979 and B.S. in Health Care Administration from George Washington University. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, and Medical Service Corps where he served as Comptroller, Naval Hospital Quantico, VA and National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda MD. He has also served as Head Financial Systems and Director, Resource Execution Division, Bureau of Medicine & Surgery, Washington, DC.

His past experience in logistical and fiscal administration ranges from the small hospital with an annual budget of $1.5 million to the Resource Execution Division which oversees the execution of all Navy Medical treatment facilities world-wide (125) with an annual budget of some $518 million.

Dr. Brent has completed research in Capital Structure and corporate financial theory in business and health care, foreclosure and mortgage financing, delinquencies, fair lending and financial literacy. Several Finance and economics professor in specialty areas like mortgage and foreclosure finance and financial literacy have collaborated with Dr. Brent. He is also Principal Investigator for the Fat Pockets study of financial literacy sponsored by the United Negro College Fund (Special Programs office). He is currently Director, Financial Services Institute, School of Business.

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Jan E. ChristopherJan E. Christopher
Research Associate

Associate Professor of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Delaware State University College of Business
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Tel: 302-857-6914

Email: jchristopher@desu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jan E. Christopher received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hampton University in 1980; her Masters degree in Political Science (Public Policy) from the University of Rochester in 1982; her M.B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1984; and her Ph.D. in Economics from Howard University in 1993. She is considered to be both an academically and professionally qualified economist.

Dr. Christopher has been a staff analyst, program/project analyst, economic analyst, and market specialist working in the fields of finance, urban economics, statistics and public policy for over 25 years. She is presently an Associate Professor of Accounting, Economics and Finance in the College of Business at Delaware State University. She was appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor at Delaware State University in 1994 and has served as the Chair of the Department of Economics and Acting Chair of the Department of Business Administration. Between 1998 and 2003 she received several U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration research grants under the major category of On-the-Job Training-Supportive Services. She has previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics and Geography at the U.S. Air Force Academy (1996-97) and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership and Management at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (2003-2004). She was also the Director of the Delaware State University Summer Transportation Institute between 1998 and 2003.

Dr. Christopher’s government career as a researcher has been with such agencies as the Office of Economic Research, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration; her dissertation research was conducted through the Research and Statistics Division, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; she worked as an Economic Analyst (Finance) and Analyst in Regional Economic Development in the Industry Analysis and Transportation Section of the Economics Division of the Congressional Research Service; and most recently as a Fixed-Income Market Specialist with the Bureau of the Public Debt, U.S. Department of the Treasury (2004-2006). She also has experience in the corporate sector as a Quality and Reliability Staff Analyst III and Program/Project Analyst with Rockwell International Corporation, North American Aircraft Operations prior to it being sold to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in 1996. In December of 2009 she has completed the Pre-Demonstration Evaluation Research Study for a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dr. Christopher has also serving as an external reviewer for the Howard University Department of Economics; the chair of the DSU Faculty Senate Finance Committee; and a member of the AACSB International Assurance of Learning Committee for the Delaware State University College of Business.

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Angela M. GobarAngela M. Gobar
Research Associate

Director of Human Capital Development
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 18489
Jackson, MS 39217
Telephone: 601-979-0663
Email: angela.m.gobar@jsums.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Angela M. Gobar, Ph.D., is the Director of Human Capital Development at Jackson State University – Office of the President. Dr. Gobar, a native of Vicksburg, MS, attended Tougaloo College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology. She attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN where she was the first African-American woman to receive the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree in the College of Architecture and Planning. Dr. Gobar began her Planning and Development career with the Evangeline Economic and Planning District in Lafayette, LA. In 1986, she returned to Mississippi and worked in various management capacities with the Governor’s Office of Federal-State Programs, Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Jackson Mayor’s Office, Jackson’s Department of Planning and Development, and Jackson State University’s Office of Community Affairs. She completed executive management training at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997. Dr. Gobar has also served as a grant peer reviewer for the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In 2007, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University with a concentration in Community Development and Housing. Dr. Gobar has presented her doctoral research entitled, “The Impact of Human Capital Development on Achievement of Savings Goals in Individual Development Account Programs: Arkansas and Mississippi Case Studies” at the 37th and 39th Annual Urban Affairs Association Meetings, Alcorn State University/Mississippi Association of Cooperatives 16th Annual Conference, the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association Conference, and the National Association of African-American Studies Conference. She published “Where Asset-building and Community Development Converge” in the JSU Researcher, Spring 2009. Her specialization areas include: community-based asset development, human capital development and organizational capacity-building.

Dr. Gobar is the widow of the late Anthony Gobar, Sr., and parent of daughter, Aja B. Gobar, DDS, and son, Anthony Gobar, Jr.

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Alvin E. Headen Jr.Alvin E. Headen Jr.
Research Associate

Associate Professor, Economics
North Carolina State University
Department of Economics
2801 Founders Drive
P.O. Box 8110
Raleigh, NC 27691
Tel: 919-513-2872
Email: Al_headen@ncsu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Alvin E. Headen, Jr., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Economics at North Carolina State University. He received his B.S. degree in economics from North Carolina A & T State University and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. From 1988 to 1990 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Demography and Social Epidemiology of Aging at the Duke University Center for Demographic Studies funded by the National Institute of Aging. Prior to joining the faculty at NC State University in 1986, Dr. Headen held positions as Economist, Center for Health Policy Research, American Medical Association; Research Economist, Health Economics Research Group, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; Health Economist, Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission for Health Care Institutions; Acting Associate Director of the Transportation Institute and Assistant Professor of Economics, North Carolina A&T State University; Assistant Research Economist, Roy Littlejohn Associates, Washington, DC.

Dr. Headen’s research interests focus on the persistence of racial and ethnic disparities in health and other dimensions of wealth. He has published papers that examine “Potential for Medicaid Prescription Drug Policies to Influence Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities; “Co-morbidity and Black and White Disparities in Health and Functional Status”; “Time Costs and Informal Social Support as Determinants of Differences Between Black and White Families in the Provision of Long-Term Care; “Economic, Disability, and Health Determinants of the Hazard of Nursing Home Entry”; and “Racial Disparities in Health and Wealth: The Effects of Slavery and Past Discrimination.”

His current projects include analyses of the Patient and Affordable Care Act of 2010. At the January, 2011annual meetings of the National Economics Association (NEA)/Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA), Dr. Headen presented a working paper “The Implications of ‘The Patient and Affordable Care Act’ of 2010 for Minority Health Disparities. As a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI): Health Insurance Exchanges Study Panel, he contributed to the production of the document “Designing an Exchange: A Toolkit for State Policymakers” by the National Academy of Social Insurance Study Panel on Health Insurance Exchanges, published: January 2011.

He is also involved with co-authors in research on: 1) “An Examination of Food Stamp Program Participation and Obesity in Mothers and their Children. We conjecture that the FSP affects mothers and non-mothers differently driven by the underlying mechanism that mothers purchase healthier foods, and 2) “An Evaluation of How Physician-Patient Relationships Impact Compliance among Diabetes Patients” where we focus on the role of trust.

Dr. Headen’s professional service includes National Economic Association(NEA) president,1995, NEA Board of Directors member 1976-78, 1979-81; American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession 1991-1994, 1995—2000; and National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, 2007-, 2010. Dr. Headen teaches health economics to advanced undergraduate and graduate students and supervises Master’s and Ph.D. theses.

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Haydar KubanHaydar Kurban
Research Associate

Associate Professor, Economics
Howard University
Department of Economics
2441 4th Street, NW
ASB-B Room 302
Washington, DC 20059
Tel: 202-806-7598
Fax: 202-806-4896
Email: hkurban@howard.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Haydar Kurban is an associate professor of economics at Howard University. He joined Howard in August 2001. Dr. Kurban has worked on research projects in the areas of urban sprawl, gentrification, vulnerability of underinsured households in natural disasters, redistribution of education property taxes, and economic impacts of urban renewal programs. His research projects have been funded by NSF, HUD and DHS through awards and subcontracts. Dr. Kurban’s research papers have been published in Regional Science Urban Economics, National Tax Journal, Review of Black Political Economy, Cityscape, Economic Development Quarterly and other academic journals. His research papers also are published as book chapters, reports and discussion papers.

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Debra Lindsey-TalieferoDebra Lindsey-Taliefero
Research Associate

Associate Professor of Economics
School of Business
Howard University
2600 6th Street NW
Washington, DC 20059
Tel: 202- 806-1568
Email: dlindsey@howard.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Debby Lindsey-Taliefero, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Finance at Howard University. Her research efforts have focused on mortgage finance including foreclosures, delinquencies, and regulatory compliance; fair lending, and financial literacy.

Dr. Lindsey-Taliefero has served as Project Manager for the Freddie Mac’s CreditSmart Curriculum for Howard University. The CreditSmart project sheds light on minority group credit issues and has produced reports on credit behavior, focus groups, a national survey analyzing African American credit behavior, and a consumer credit education curriculum used at Howard University. In addition, she conducts student financial literacy surveys annually dating back to 2002 to assess students’ financial literacy needs and knowledge. Her credit research is cited in 2002 congressional testimony before the U.S. Senate Hearing on “The State Financial Literacy and Education in America”.

Dr. Lindsey-Taliefero served as an expert witness in a federal lawsuit in Tennessee on behalf of African-American plaintiffs alleging discrimination in automobile financing. Two major reports were produced by Dr. Lindsey-Taliefero, which lead to class action lawsuits settlements against Nissan Motors Acceptance Corporation and General Motors Acceptance Corporation. Her reports were featured or cited on ABC 20/20, in the New York Times, Washington Post, and in Department of Justice’s Amicus brief in supporting the plaintiffs in the auto finance litigation. Nissan Motors Corporation Acceptance settled out of court in March of 2003 and the ramification of subsequence settlements radically improved pricing outcomes for minority borrowers.

Dr. Lindsey-Taliefero has published in the Journal of Business & Economics Research, Journal of the Academy of Economics and Finance, Journal of Finance Case Research, Journal of Studies in Economics and Finance, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Journal of Research on Minority Affairs, International Advances in Economic Research, Mortgage Banking Magazine, CRA Bulletin and numerous conference proceedings. She currently serves as advisor to the Mortgage Lending Industry: Strategic Market and Diversity Conference, Research Associate for the Center of Race and Wealth, and Advisor of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Prior to joining the faculty at Howard University and ComplianceTech, Dr. Lindsey-Taliefero worked as an Economist at Analytic Services, Inc. (Anser), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Urban League, and the Washington Bureau of the NAACP.

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Jessica Gordon NembhardJessica Gordon Nembhard
Research Associate

Associate Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development
Department of African American Studies
Jay College, City University of NY
445 West 59th St. Room321N
New York, NY 10019
Tel: 646-557-4658
Fax: 212-237-8099
Email: jgordonnembhard@gmail.com or jnembhard@jjay.cuny.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Jessica Gordon Nembhard is Associate Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of African American Studies at John Jay College, of the City University of New York (CUNY) in New York City, USA. She recently completed a year as a visiting scholar in the Economics Department’s Center on Race and Wealth at Howard University, and was Master Teacher (July 2007 and 2009) at the Center’s Summer Institute for Research on Race and Wealth. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Study of Cooperatives at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada (academic year 2008-09), and is a research affiliate for that Centre’s “Linking, Leverage, Learning: Social Enterprises, Knowledgeable Economies and Sustainable Communities” project.

Dr. Gordon Nembhard is a political economist specializing in community economic development, wealth inequality, Black political economy, popular economic literacy, and community justice. Her research has focused on community- and asset-based economic development and democratic community economics; cooperative economics and worker ownership; racial and economic wealth inequality and wealth accumulation in communities of color; and alternative urban economic and youth educational development strategies. Her future research and policy analyses will connect community-based economic development, asset building, and economic justice strategies with community-based approaches to justice.

Gordon Nembhard’s recent publications include Wealth Accumulation and Communities of Color in the US: Current Issues (University of Michigan Press 2006, co-edited with Ngina Chiteji); “Theorizing and Practicing Democratic Community Economics: Engaged Scholarship, Economic Justice, and the Academy” (In Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics and Methods of Activist Scholarship, University of California Press, 2008); “Growing Transformative Businesses: Community-Based Economic Development” (in the Solidarity Economy proceedings published by ChangeMaker Publications 2008). In addition, she is the author of Capital Control, Financial Regulation, and Industrial Policy in South Korea and Brazil (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1996), and is completing a manuscript on the history of African American cooperative businesses. Other publications include: “Cooperatives and Wealth Accumulation” in the American Economic Review; “Non Traditional Analyses of Cooperative Economic Impacts,” in the Review of International Co-operation; “Cooperative Ownership in the Struggle for African American Economic Empowerment” in Humanity & Society; “Alternative Economics, a Missing Component in the African American Studies Curriculum” (in a special issue co-edited by Gordon Nembhard and Mathew Forstater of the Journal of Black Studies, May 2008);and “Educating Black Youth for Economic Empowerment: Democratic Economic Participation and School Reform Practices and Policies” (in Handbook of African American Education, Sage 2008).

Dr. Gordon Nembhard was previously Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park; Research Director of the Preamble Center (Washington, DC); Senior Economist at the Institute for Urban Research, Morgan State University; and Acting Deputy Director and Economic Development Analyst for the Black Community Crusade for Children at the Children’s Defense Fund. She is the recipient of a Henry C. Welcome Fellowship Grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (2001-2004), and a 2008 USDA grant on the economic impact of cooperatives distributed through the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Cooperatives, to study wealth accumulation through cooperative ownership. Dr. Gordon Nembhard was a Visiting Scholar and Senior Urban Fellow at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform from June 1998-June 2000. She was Treasurer of the National Economic Association (NEA) from 2001-2008, and continues as a member of the board of directors of the NEA, in addition to being a board member of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She began her appointment to the Black Enterprise Board of Economists in October 1999.

Gordon Nembhard is a co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland, College Park; the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network; and the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy. In addition, she is a founding member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives; and a member of Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) Newsletter Collective (of the Ecological Democracy Institute of North America), The Association of Cooperative Educators, the Canadian Association for the Study of Cooperatives, The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, CEJJES Institute, and Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC.

Jessica Gordon Nembhard earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1992 and 1989, respectively). She earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in Literature and African American Studies from Yale University (1978); and an M.A.T. in Elementary Curriculum and Teaching from Howard University (1982). She is the proud mother of two children (Stephen and Susan) and one grandson (Stephon).

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Jessica Gordon NembhardLaTanya N. Brown-Robertson
Research Associate

Associate Professor of Economics
Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Road
College of Business, Room 3334
Bowie, MD 20715
Tel: 202-276-9039
Email: lnbrown@bowiestate.edu
Curriculum Vitae

LaTanya N. Brown-Robertson, Associate Professor of Economics at Bowie State University earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Ph.D. in economics from Howard University. Dr. Brown-Robertson specializes in urban and applied economics. She has published in various peer reviewed journals including the Eastern Economic Association Journal, Journal of the Black Political Economy, and Music and Entertainment Industry Association Journal and Journal of the Community Development Society. Dr. Brown-Robertson has also conducted feasibility and impact studies for state governments and national organizations. Her work includes reports such as the An Analysis of Neighborhoods in the District of Columbia, Economic Impact of the Music Industry and The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Operation of a Racino at Rosecroft Raceway. Dr. Brown-Robertson's ultimate goal as an economist is to become a voice for the voiceless in the areas of housing, poverty, economic empowerment, and various urban and financial economic policy issues.

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Jessica Gordon NembhardOmari Swinton
Research Associate

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Howard University
2400 4th Street, NW
ASB-B, Room 319
Washington, DC 20059
Tel: (202) 806-6774
Fax: (202) 806-4896
Email: oswinton@howard.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Omari H. Swinton is an associate professor in the Economics department at Howard University where he teaches introductory, intermediate, and urban economics. His research interests include labor economics and education. He has papers examining the teenage labor market, the benefits from attending HBCU's, and the returns to a college education. He coauthored a report for NAFEO entitled "The State of Blacks in Higher Education.” He currently is working on projects that examine the returns to effort for students and the obstacles to faculty diversity in higher education. He earned his B.S. from Florida A & M University in 2001, and his doctoral degree from Duke University in 2007. He resides in Upper Marlboro, MD with his wife, Phyllis, and three children, Omari Jr., Nyla, and Jamir.

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Research Assistants

Adji Fatou DiagneAdji Fatou Diagne
Research Assistant

1840 7th Street, NW, Room 317
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 865-8572
Fax: (202) 232-6751
Email: adji_diagne@yahoo.com

Adji Fatou Diagne is a graduate student in the Economics Department at Howard University, pursuing a master’s degree with a concentration in Urban Economics. She currently serves as a research assistant at Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth, and has worked as a graduate assistant in the Economics Department. Adji has conducted research on housing issues, public transit, and poverty among women.

Adji is a 2010 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Spelman College, where she earned a B.A. degree in Economics. In recognition of her scholastic achievements, Adji was inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon international economics honor society and the Golden Key Honor Society, and was a recipient of a Chase Endowed Scholarship. During her studies at Spelman, she also worked as an intern with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority scheduling and designing routes. Additionally, Adji has served as a volunteer in programs such as Lead Global which mentors and sends high school students to South Africa for an international experience and Raising Expectations which tutors and mentors middle school students.

Adji plans to pursue the Ph.D. in Urban Economics, and work in community and city development, with a focus on urban transportation. Her long-range goal is to develop and implement an effective public transit system in Dakar, the capital city of her native country of Senegal, where access to public transportation is very limited and inefficient. This project among many others would enable her to meet another of her goals which is to give back to her community.

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Jassmine R. GainesJassmine R. Gaines
Research Assistant

1840 7th Street, NW, Room 317
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 865-8572
Fax: (202) 232-6751
Email: jrgaines3@gmail.com

Jassmine Gaines is a graduate student in the Master’s Program at Howard University, specializing in Development Economics. Her research includes analyzing the current economic crisis and its impact on employment in the United States under the supervision Dr. Haydar Kurban, and examining the racial wealth gap in the state of Illinois in collaboration with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, under the supervision of Dr. Emily Blank. Currently, Jassmine is a member of the Abram Harris Economics Club and Graduate Student Association at Howard University, the American and National Economic Associations, and the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College.

Additionally, Jassmine is a graduate of the American Economic Association’s Summer Training Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a participant in the ICPSR’s Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her hobbies include singing with her church choir and exercising. Jassmine received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Spelman College where she was a Coca-Cola Scholar’s Foundation recipient, and member of the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble, ROTC, Economics Club, and marching band. As an undergraduate student, she also held an internship at the Metropolitan Area Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) where she prepared and presented a comparative analysis of MARTA against other major transportation agencies across the US. Currently, Jassmine is an intern at the Center on Race and Wealth at Howard University. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Urban Economics.

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Charlotte OtaborCharlotte Otabor
Research Assistant

1840 7th Street, NW, Room 317
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 865-8572
Fax: (202) 232-6751
Email: edefran2@hotmail.com

Charlotte Otabor is pursuing a Master’s degree in Economics at Howard University, where her studies are focused on issues related to international and development economics and human rights and freedoms. Her research interests include racial wealth disparities and class structure, the impact of credit unions in third world countries, and identifying economic policies and theories that would benefit third world countries. She currently serves as a research assistant at the Howard University Center for Race and Wealth where she is conducting studies on the impact of Community Development Credit Unions on low income communities, the state legislative process, and land reforms laws in various southern states. Charlotte has interned with the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights in Kingston, Jamaica, a non-profit organization that focuses on the rights of Jamaican citizens in the prison system, and has worked at Every Woman’s Center and the Amherst Cinema and Pleasant Street Cinema. She also has volunteered at soup kitchens and nursing homes, and has helped raise money for Hope Worldwide. Charlotte plans to pursue the Ph.D. in economics.

Charlotte was born in Lafayette, LA; grew up in Nigeria, West Africa; and moved back to the United States in 1998. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelors degree in economics. She moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2007 where she received a Master’s degree in International Relations from St. Mary’s University, with a focus on international economic development and international crime control.

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