Rhonda Sharpe, PhD
Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe is the Research Director for the Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, Director of the Global Inequality Research Initiative, the Associate Director of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics, and Visiting Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University. Her primary research interests are in the demography of higher education and the impact of disparate treatment in education policy. Her recent publications have focused on the demography of STEM education, the educational attainment of blacks, and the development of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). She earned her PhD in economics/mathematics in 1998 from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She also holds a master's degree in economics from Claremont Graduate University; a master's degree in operations research from Stanford University; a master's degree in applied mathematics from Clark Atlanta University; and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from North Carolina Wesleyan College. She has served on the faculty at Barnard College, Columbia University, the University of Vermont and Bennett College.