Cynthia (CC)  DuBois

Cynthia (CC) DuBois


Cynthia (CC) DuBois received her doctorate in Human Development and Social Policy. She strives 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. Her current research employs econometric methods to draw causal conclusions regarding the impact of race-based affirmative action policies on hiring outcomes. Her dissertation focuses on measuring the impact of "soft" and "hard" affirmative action policies. "Hard" affirmative action policies mandate the direct consideration of minority status during the hiring process, while "soft" affirmative action policies are designed to change the composition of the candidate pool, rather than the criteria used during hiring. CC received a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a master's in public policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 2016 - Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship
  • 2013 - Institute for Policy Research Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2008 - Harris School of Public Policy Dean's Scholarship
  • 2007 - USA Today All-USA Academic First Team
  • 2007 - June Martin and Walter Rudd Outstanding Honors Thesis Award
  • 2006 - Harry S. Truman Scholarship
  • 2006 - Louisiana State University Outstanding Junior
  • 2005 - Louisiana State University Outstanding Sophomore



Year Degree Institution
2010 MPP The Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
2007 BA Louisiana State University

Selected Publications

DuBois, Cynthia; Schanzenbach, Diane (December, 2017). Is it Time for a 'Rooney Rule' for Teachers?. Brookings.

DuBois, Cynthia (April, 2017). The Impact of the Rooney Rule: Far Beyond the NFL. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

DuBois, Cynthia (March, 2017). What The NFL Can Teach Congress About Hiring More Diverse Staffs. FiveThirtyEight.

DuBois, Cynthia (June, 2016). "Soft" Affirmative Action in the National Football League. OUPblog.

DuBois, Cynthia (2016). The Impact of "Soft" Affirmative Action Policies on Minority Hiring in Executive Leadership: The Case of the NFL's Rooney Rule. American Law and Economics Review: 208-233.
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Research Interests

Labor Economics, Economics of Inequality and Discrimination, Economics of Education, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Design, Program/Policy Evaluation

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