Charles Clotfelter


  • Achievement gap
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Workplace issues

Charles Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds professor of public policy studies and professor of economics and law at Duke University. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the author of “Big-Time Sports in American Universities,” “After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation,” “Buying the Best: Cost Escalation in Elite Higher Education,” and “Federal Tax Policy and Charitable Giving.” In 2004 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. Clotfelter received a bachelor’s degree from Duke, where he majored in history, and a doctorate in economics from Harvard University. Previously, he taught at the University of Maryland, spending his last year there on leave at the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis. While at Duke, Clotfelter has served as vice provost for academic policy and planning, vice chancellor, and vice provost for academic programs. He has also served as president of the Southern Economic Association. In 2005-06 he was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.