Dr. Charles L. Betsey, Interim Dean of the Graduate School at Howard University, is also a Professor of Economics, and Co-Director of the Center on Race and Wealth funded by the Ford Foundation. Dr. Betsey is a former Chair of the Department of Economics at Howard University and an internationally recognized economist. He assumed the position of Interim Dean of the Graduate School on August 31, 2009, succeeding Dean Orlando L. Taylor, who retired earlier this year.
Dr. Betsey has served in research and/or policy positions in all three branches of the federal government. He served as a Labor Economist (1976 - 1977) in the U.S. Department of Labor and was Principal Analyst for the Congressional Budget Office (1977 - 1979) where he authored a report on the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). He also worked as Associate Research Director and Senior Research Economist for the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Recent publications include an edited volume, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, "Faculty Research and Productivity: Institutional and Personal Determinants of Faculty Publications," and "Income and Wealth Transfer Effects of Discrimination in Prison Sentencing." His current research interests include consumption behavior and wealth accumulation of African Americans, and pay and compensation policies in various labor markets, including the market for college faculty.