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Spelman Sloan Speaker Series

Spelman Sloan Speaker Miesha J. Williams, Ph.D.

Friday, July 2, 2021 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Virtually via Zoom

Spelman Sloan Speaker Miesha WilliamsMiesha J. Williams, Ph.D., is academic program director and assistant professor of economics at Morehouse College and serves on the campus’ Budget Committee and the Advisory Board of the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership and Faculty Council. She is also a research associate of the University of New Orleans Urban Entrepreneurship and Policy, and a board member of the National Economic Association. 

Dr. Williams obtained her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts Economics from the University of Alabama in 2014 and 2010, respectively.  Her research examines the macroeconomics policy and institutional development issues in African countries and in the United States. She has written papers on the fiscal and monetary policy issues in African countries; the institutional issues including lending practices and reparations in African countries; the impact of monetary policy on Blacks since the Great Recession; and crime and recidivism.

Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Empirical Economics Letters, The American Economist, Enterprise Development and Microfinance, Journal of Economics Race and Policy, as well as Review of Black Political Economy. She was awarded the 2018 Vulcan Award for teaching excellence.  As a faculty leader and mentor, she has traveled to Liberia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Thailand, and Hong Kong.

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Past Events

Spelman Sloan Speaker Fanta Traore

  • Dates: 18 – 18 Jun, 2021
  • How to find us: Virtually via Zoom
Spelman Sloan Speaker Fanta TraoreFanta Traore hails from Mali and is an economist and entrepreneur who leverages her status as a graduate student in Yale University's dual MPP/MBA program. Her career started at Howard University where she was granted two bachelor degrees -- one in political science and one in economics.  Her current research shapes the future of her work and her entrepreneurial pursuits to advance historically disenfranchised communities. 

Traore is CEO and co-founder of the Sadie Collective, a global non-profit organization named for America's first Black economist, Sadie Alexandar. She was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in economics and the second Black woman to earn a doctoral degree. The Collective's goal is to build a pipeline and pathway for Black women pursuing careers in economics and related fields.  Traore's work has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Bloomberg, Forbes and several other global news outlets and think tanks across the nation. 

On the Sadie Collective website, Traore shared this powerful story:

"When I embarked on my journey in economics, I was a junior in college, and was blown away by the tools and uses the discipline offers to effect practical change. During a summer program at Princeton (Public Policy and International Affairs program), a policymaker joined my cohort for the day and she shared how she was able to end a food desert through the instating of a Pathmark on 125th and Lexington. Her direct impact, in a neighborhood I frequented, was enough for me to understand how powerful a study of economics can be. That practical application of economics tools is what led me to return to Howard University my senior year and sprint towards a second major of economics, taking TEN economics courses in one year, which in hindsight - is one of the best career decisions I’ve made."