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Legacies of Racial Violence: Clarifying and Addressing the Presence of the Past
Special Editors: David Cunningham, Hedwig Lee, and Geoff Ward
Vol. 694, March 2021

In the latest ANNALS volume, “Legacies of Racial Violence: Clarifying and Addressing the Presence of the Past,” special editors David Cunningham, Hedwig Lee, and Geoff Ward bring together a group of scholars to contemplate how histories of racial violence impact and relate to contemporary patterns of conflict and inequality.

As the editors say in their introduction to the volume: “If there is a ‘settled science’ about legacies of racial violence, it is that our violent national history remains relevant to contemporary social relations and outcomes.” But what is less clear, say Cunningham, Lee, and Ward, is the “theoretical and empirical bulwarks of these legacies.…” This volume of The ANNALS addresses these theoretical and empirical gaps through a discussion of racial violence as it relates to, for example, health equity, anatomical collections of human remains, lynchings (both attempted and achieved), and police brutality.

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Cecilia Rouse

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Cecilia Elena Rouse is the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers​ (CEA). She was formerly Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education.

Rouse is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, a member of the National Academy of Education, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and is currently a senior editor of The Future of Children. In 1998–99 she served a year in the White House at the National Economic Council, and from 2009–2011 she served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She has been a member of the board of directors of MDRC, and a director of the T. Rowe Price Equity Mutual Funds and T. Rowe Price Fixed Income Mutual Funds. She received her BA in economics from Harvard University in 1986 and a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1992.

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