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28th Annual McBee Lecturer addresses ‘Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity’

February 21, 2017

The 28th Annual Louise McBee Lecture was delivered on March 17 by Charles Clotfelter, Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke University.

Columns article (4/3/17)
by Sharron Hannon

Clotfelter spoke on “Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity” at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries. A reception in the atrium followed his talk.

In addition to his faculty position at Duke, Clotfelter is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His major research interests are in the economics of education, the nonprofit sector, and public finance.
He is the author or coauthor of numerous books pertaining to education and the nonprofit sector including Big-Time Sports in American Universities (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation (Princeton University Press, 2004), for which he was co-winner of the Gladys M. Kammerer prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best political science publication in the field of U.S. national policy.  

While at Duke, Clotfelter has served as vice provost for academic policy and planning, vice chancellor, and vice provost for academic programs. He also has served as president of the Southern Economic Association, and during the 2005/06 year was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.

Clotfelter grew up in Atlanta, received a B.A. from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

The McBee Lecture honors Louise McBee, who held leadership positions for more than 25 years at the University of Georgia before serving for more than a decade as a champion for higher education in the Georgia General Assembly.

Launched in 1989 under the auspices of the Institute of Higher Education, the annual lecture brings to campus a distinguished leader in higher education to deliver a public talk. A video archive of lectures from the past several years can be found on the IHE website at

by Sharron Hannon