Susan McElroy

Associate Professor of Economics
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

RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • 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

Publications

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

Appointments

Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University [1993–2002]

Projects

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
2014–2014
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

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
  • Spring 2006, Spring 2005, Economics for Public Policy, (graduate level), Public Affairs and Political Economy programs, The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Social Sciences.
  • Spring 2006, Leadership of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (graduate level), Public Affairs and Political
  • Spring 2005, Spring 2004, Fall 2003, Fall 2003   Economy programs, The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Social Sciences (taught two
  • sections of course in Fall 2003).
  • Fall 2005, Fall 2004, Fall 2002, Principles of Microeconomics (undergraduate level), The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Spring 2005, Social Sciences (taught two sections of coursein Fall 2002).
  • Fall 2004, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (undergraduate level), The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Social Sciences; one section.
  • Fall 2002, Principles of Microeconomics (two sections of undergraduate course), The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Social Sciences.
  • Fall 2001 - Spring 2002, Systems Synthesis Project Course, "Cyber Lounge at Wilkinsburg," Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University; Client: Wilkinsburg Intracommunity Network, Wilkinsburg, PA.
  • Spring 2001, "Education, Information Technology, and Inequality," Master of Science in Public Policy and Management and advanced undergraduate course, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Spring 2000, "Education, Technology, and Inequality," Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Spring 2000, Economic Principles of Policy Analysis, Master of Public Management  
  • Spring 1999, Fall 1997, Fall 1996, Spring 1996, Spring 1995, Program, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Fall 1999 - Spring 2000 Systems Synthesis Project Course, "Poor]obs for the Poor?: Moving Beyond Barriers to Employment among the Welfare-to-Work Population in the Pittsburgh Region," Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University; Client: Three Rivers Employment Service, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Fall 1998 - Spring 1999Systems Synthesis Project Course, "Preparing the Marginal Workforce for the Emerging Economic Opportunities in Allegheny County," Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University; Client: Center for Workforce Excellence, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Fall 1998 Ph.D. Research Seminar in Labor and Poverty, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Fall 1997 - Spring 1998, Systems Synthesis Project Course, "Youth and the Transition from School to Work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania," Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University; Clients: Center for University Outreach (Carnegie Mellon University), and Southwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resources Center (SPIRC).
  • Fall 1996 Education Policy, Master of Science in Public Policy and Management
  • Fall 1995, Fall 1994 Program, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Fall 1988 - Winter 1989, Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Economics of Education and Decision Analysis in Education, Master's and Ph.D. programs (taught introductory microeconomic theory and statistics sections of courses), Stanford University School of Education.
OTHER EXPERIENCE
  • 1986 - 1987 Management Trainee in Actuarial Department of Union Labor Life Insurance Company, Washington, DC.
  • 1983 - 1985 Marketing Support Assistant, IBM Corporation, Dallas, TX.
COMMITTEES AND ORGANIZATIONS
  • Teaching Effectiveness Committee, School of Social Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas, fall 2005 - present.
  • Public Affairs Faculty Recruiting Committee, The University of Texas at Dallas, fall 2005 - spring 2006.
  • Program Committees at the School of Social Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas: Economics and Finance, Political Economy, and Public Affairs, fall 2002-present.
  • Core Committee for the Support of Women and Minorities, The University of Texas at Dallas, fall 2002-spring 2005.
  • Economics Faculty Recruiting Committee, The University of Texas at Dallas, fall 2002-January 2003.
  • Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA), Local Planning Committee for annual national conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in March 1999, 1998 - 1999.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Strategic Planning, 1997 - 1999.
  • University Task Force on Staff Training and Development, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997 - 2002.
  • National African-American Male Collaboration, Research and Public Policy Committee, 1996 - present.
  • Professional Seminar Series Committee, Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University, 1994 - 1998.
  • Committee to Review Economics Courses in Core Curricula, Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Systems Synthesis (Project Courses) Committee, 1998-2000, Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Career Planning and Placement Center Advisory Board, Stanford University - Served as graduate student representative to make recommendations regarding how the Center might streamline its operations in order to deal with budget reductions; Conducted summer job-hunting workshop for graduate students.
  • United Graduate Student Alliance, Stanford University - Met with University administrators regarding increasing the number of persons of color on the Stanford faculty and improving the quality of life for graduate students of color at Stanford.
  • School of Education, Stanford University - Organized and served on student committee in the Stanford School of Education to improve computer facilities for students in the School.
  • President of Black Graduate Student Association at Stanford University, 1988-89 academic year - Organized graduate student research seminars and gave oral presentation on economics of education of African Americans in the U.S..

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

Funding

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]