About our Center

The Weidenbaum Center is a research institute at Washington University in St. Louis that supports social scientific research in the fields of public policy, economics, political science, and sociology. Led by Weidenbaum Center Director Andrew Reeves (pictured), the Center funds faculty research, provides administrative support for research activities, and sponsors a wide range of public affairs programs. In doing so, the Center serves as a bridge between scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Through unbiased empirical research and events, the Center addresses many of the pressing public policy issues facing America and the world today. 

The Weidenbaum Center provides significant research support for faculty in the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. This support allows a wide array of faculty members to participate in a variety of impactful research, and is of particular importance to our younger faculty who are just starting their research careers. Research efforts contribute to work that addresses key social issues locally, nationally, and globally, and enhances the prominence of Washington University in the academic and policy world. Donations fund our grant programs which support this research. We could not support nearly as much research without this generosity. 

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New book by Weidenbaum Center Grant Recipient Adia Wingfield

Professor Adia Wingfield's new book "Gray Areas: How the Way We Work Perpetuates Racism & What We Can Do To Fix It," examines why racial inequality persists in the workplace despite today's multi-billion-dollar diversity industry. Professor Wingfield refers to the "gray areas" as the relationships, networks, and cultural dynamics integral to companies that are now more important than ever. She has spent a decade examining inequality in the workplace, interviewing over two hundred Black subjects across professions about their work lives. Professor Wingfield led a discussion about the book at local book store Left Bank Banks in St. Louis in late October.

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Q&A Series: Weidenbaum Center Resident Fellow Steven Fazzari

This is the inaugural profile for our new monthly series which will feature a question & answer session with one of our Weidenbaum Center staff, faculty, or student affiliates. Former Weidenbaum Center Director, and current Weidenbaum Center Resident Fellow, Professor Steven Fazzari gives us his answers.

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Faculty Grant Awards

Recipient: Matthew Gabel, Political Science

Awarding entity: National Science Foundation PROJECT TITLE: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: ELECTORAL SYSTEMS, SUBURBANIZATION, AND REPRESENTATION. This project studies the ways in which minority representation in local government can be achieved in the context of ongoing suburbanization and gentrification.

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Recipient: Andrew Jordan, Economics

Awarding Entity: National Science Foundation PROJECT TITLE: BODY-WORN CAMERA METADATA. This project analyzes metadata from police body-worn cameras, and will shed new light on when, where, and why officers activate these devices.

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