Cynthia DuBois Receives Presidential Fellowship

Cynthia DuBois Receives Presidential Fellowship

Cynthia DuBoisHuman Development and Social Policy doctoral student Cynthia (CC) Dubois was awarded a highly competitive Presidential Fellowship from Northwestern University. Her primary area of research is labor economics.

The Presidential Fellowship, funded by the President of the University and awarded by The Graduate School, is the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students by Northwestern University. Doctoral programs may nominate one or two students, and fewer than 15 percent of nominated students are appointed to the Fellowship.

“I strive to conduct policy-relevant research in the field of labor economics that is significant and innovative, informed by multiple disciplines, and addresses timely and socially relevant issues,” DuBois says. Currently she is using sophisticated econometric methods to draw causal conclusions about the impact of race-based affirmative action policies on hiring.

Research on affirmative action
Her current research project, “The Effect of Court-Ordered Hiring Guidelines on the Composition and Quality of Teachers,” examines the impact of court-ordered hiring rules in a Southern school district. Working with the school district, she is studying how a 2010 court-ordered desegregation policy that gives preference for open teaching positions to qualified African American applicants is affecting hiring, representation and student achievement. "Little research has focused on how desegregation orders have impacted teacher hiring, sorting and quality," she says.

In general, research that explores the impact of affirmative action policies on executive hiring is lacking, she notes. Recently her findings on the National Football League's "Rooney Rule" for executive hiring in football were  published in the American Law and Economics Review.

Presidential Scholars
According to The Graduate School, Presidential Fellows are “students who combine outstanding intellectual or creative ability with the capacity to play an active part in the life of the Society of Fellows—distinguished faculty members and previous Presidential Fellows. The Society creates future leaders who embrace and support Northwestern’s broad scholarship.” All Presidential Fellows participate in Society of Fellows events.

DuBois holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University and a master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago’s Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/20/16