Before joining the Columbia faculty in 2019, Sandra Black, among other things, worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and was a professor at UCLA and the University of Texas at Austin. She held the Audre and Bernard Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs in the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin.
She is an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and was previously an editor of the Journal of Human Resources. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research affiliate at IZA Institute of Labor Economics, and a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution. From August 2015 to January 2017, she served as a member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Her research focuses on the role of early life experiences on the long-run outcomes of children, as well as issues of gender and discrimination.