Susan McElroy

Associate Professor of Economics
GR 2.538
Susan McElroy's Webpage
Tags: Economics

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Economics of Education
Stanford University - 1996
A.M. - Economics
Stanford University - 1992
A.M. - Latin American Studies
Stanford University - 1985
A.B. - Public and International Affairs with concentrations in economic affairs and Latin American Studies
Princeton University - 1984

Research Areas

  • Economics of Education and Education Policy
  • Determinants and Consequences of Teenage Childbearing `
  • Labor Economics; Race and Gender in the U.S. Labor Market
  • Poverty and Problems of the Low-Income Population
  • Education, Information Technology, and Inequality; the Digital Divide
  • Latin American Economic Development and Education in Latin America


Race and Gender Differences in the U.S. Labor Market: The Impact of Educational Attainment. 2005. In African Americans in the U.S. Economy, eds. john Whitehead and Cecilia Conrad. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Inc. 2005 - Publication
Teenage Child bearing and Its Life Cycle Consequences: Exploiting a Natural Experiment. 2005. Journal of Human Resources 40 (summer): 683-715. [with V. Joseph Hotz and Seth G. Sanders]. Earlier version of paper was (NBER) Working Paper Number W7397, October 1999. 2005 - Publication
Black + Woman = Work: Gender Dimensions of the African American Economic Experience. 2004. In The African American Urban Experience: Perspective from the Colonial Period to the Present, eds. Joe W. Trotter, Earl Lewis, and Tera W. Hunter. Palgrave Macmillan. 2004 - Publication
The Precarious Poverty Situation of Black Males in the United States. In The Black Male in White America, ed. Jacob U. Gordon. New York: Nova Science Publishers. 2003. [with Leon T. Andrews, 2003 - Publication
The Black Male and the United States Economy.- 2000. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science May 2000. [with Leon T. Andrews, Jr.]. 2000 - Publication
Labor Market Discrimination by Race. In Reading in Black Political Economy, ed. John Whitehead. 1999. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/ Hunt Publishing Company. [with William A. Darity, Jr]. 1999 - Publication


Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University [1993–2002]


Successful Publishing Skills for Future African American Scholars
2018–2018 Southern Conference on African American Studies, Savannah, Georgia, February 16-18, 2006.
2018–2018 Speaker on Education Panel (discussed achievement gaps in education), Inaugural Conference of the J. McDonald Williams Institute, Sponsored by the Foundation for Community Empowerment, Dallas, Texas, October 27, 2005.
Employing the BLS Jobs Report to Create Interactive Learning Activities for Economics
Between Plessy and Brown: Georgia School Finance in 1910
2018–2018 Co-author Kruti Dholakia, Ph.D. student, University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Economic Association annual meetings, Washington, D.C., November 18-20, 2005.
Decomposing Racial Gaps in Test Scores: The Role of Suspensions
2006–2006 Boston, Massachusetts, Co-authors Samuel L. Myers, Jr., University of Minnesota; Inhyuck Ha, University of West Florida; and Ronald Fernandes, DePaul University.

Additional Information

  • National Economic Association (NEA) - Elected to the Board of Directors in 1999 for three-year term from 1999 to 2002; Rhonda Williams Dissertation Award Committee, 2001-02, 2002-03; Westerfield Award Committee, 2002-03; Re-elected to the Board of Directors a second three-year term in 2003; Westerfield Award Committee, 2005-06.
  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM); Dissertation Awards Committee, 2005.
  • Southern Economic Association (SEA)
  • International Association for Feminist Economics  
  • Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA)
  • Dean's Career Development Chair in Economics and Education (endowed chair), H. john Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 1994 - 1998.
  • Society for Research on Adolescent Social Policy Best Book Award, 1998, for Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and SOCIAL Consequences of Teen Pregnancy. Co-author of two chapters of edited volume (see PUBLICATIONS section above for details).
  • Awarded full fellowship from Stanford University School of Education to pursue Ph.D., 1987.
  • Received Community Service Award from Black Community of Stanford University, 1988.
  • Received National Science Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Study, 1984.
  • Named Presidential Scholar by U.S. Department of Education, 1980.
  • Received Thomas  Watson Memorial Scholarship from IBM Corporation, 1980.
  • Finalist in National Achievement Program for Outstanding Negro Students (National Merit Scholars Program), 1980.
  • Advisory Board, Dallas Blueprint for Leadership, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc. March 2004-present.
  • Board of Directors, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Member of Technology and Education Committees, 1995-99.
  • Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Housing Opportunities, Inc., McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Received the Susan Sherrod Volunteer of the Year Award in june 2000. Chair of Planning Committee. Member of 25th Anniversary Committee.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Xi Omega Chapter, Dallas, Texas.

News Articles

Associate Professor Honored by Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Dallas and Vicinity (IMA) honored Dr. Susan Williams McElroy, associate professor of economics, for her contributions as the organization’s volunteer economist-in-residence.

The IMA presented its 2017 President’s Award to McElroy at its recent 52nd Annual Human Relations Awards Banquet. McElroy has advised IMA leadership on its economic agenda and serves as chair of the organization’s Economic Advisory Committee. In addition, she leads an effort to develop a capitol-building


Urban Poverty, Employment Opportunities, and Family Formation among African Americans
$2,500 - Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE), Carnegie Mellon University [2000–2001]
Education, Information Technology, and Inequality
$10,000 - Multidisciplinary Course Development Grant, Office of the Vice Provost for Education, Carnegie Mellon University [1999–2000]
Why Do Black Kids Fail: The Effect of Poverty on Racial Gaps in Test Scores
$24,955 - American Educational Research Association [1998–2000]
Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Effect of Family Background on Educational Attainment
$7,474 - Faculty Development Fund Grant [1996–1998]