Darrick Hamilton, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, will present a free, public lecture entitled “Breaking Up the Paradigm of Racial Stratification and Iterative Concentration of Economic and Political Power: A New Vision Beyond Neoliberalism” on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building. His talk is part of the Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives & Cultures’ Spring Series 2020, “Black Radical Thought & Art — Multidisciplinarily Considered,” which will explore black radical thought as a potential counter to the historical and contemporary problem of racism.
Hamilton is also a primary faculty appointment in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State, with courtesy appointments in the departments of economics and sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a pioneer and internationally recognized scholar in the field of stratification economics, which fuses social science methods to examine the causes, consequences and remedies of racial, gender, ethnic, tribal, nativity, inequality in education, economic and health outcomes. This work involves crafting and implementing innovative routes and policies that break down social hierarchy, empower people, and move society towards greater equity, inclusion, and civic participation.
Hamilton has risen to prominence by advising top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on racial justice policies and progressive reforms that were once deemed ‘too bold’ for Washington, including Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.