Awarded the Mac Arthur Foundation Genius Award, Professor Roland Fryer has briskly established himself as an important player in the field of economics. Not only was Fryer named a “Rising Star” by Fortune magazine and featured in Esquire’s “Genius Issue,” but also his own work has been profiled in The New York Times, Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. A collaborator on the bestselling book Freakonomics, Fryer is an economist illuminating the causes and consequences of economic disparity due to race and inequality in American society.
In addition to being Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Fryer is also the founder and CEO of The Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard, which was recently described by former President Clinton as one of three new initiatives most important to improving the global problems of health and poverty.
He was recently named one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40 Most Influential People in Business.” In 2009, Time Magazine deemed him “one of the 100 most influential people in the world.” He also maintains offices at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the DuBois Institute. In January 2008, at age 30, he became the youngest African-American to ever receive tenure at Harvard.
The New York Times ran an extensive profile of Fryer, entitled “Toward a Unified Theory of Black America,” in March of 2005. This portrait etched out the extensive struggles of Fryer’s childhood, where he was exposed to drugs, crime and parental abandonment.
Recently, Roland Fryer has begun work on the Opportunity NYC Project, which will study how students in low-performing schools respond to financial incentives.
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