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Samuel L. Myers, Jr.

Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Research Initiative:

Myers will investigate the “Minnesota Paradox”--the fact that while Minnesota is often cited as one of the best places to live in America, it is one of the worst places for blacks to live. His research project will analyze the causes of racial gaps in social and economic outcomes in the state. Through a combination of historical documentation and illustrations from ten different areas of significant racial disparities, he will explore the relationship between the state’s progressive policies and racial gaps.


RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.


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