TSPA Affiliated Faculty Member Dr. Devin Fergus Discusses Race Relations and His New Book on C-Span’s Washington Journal

Dr. Devin Fergus, TSPA Affiliated Faculty Member and Black Studies Professor

C-Span’s Washington Journal recently featured TSPA affiliated faculty member Dr. Devin Fergus in its exploration of race relations on the one-year anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville.  In his comments, Professor Fergus highlighted many of the ongoing problems and drew connections to public policies implemented over the last several decades that contributed to wealth inequality and the resultant effects on race relations.

Dr. Fergus has done extensive research on how economic policies have affected wealth and mobility, with particular attention to vulnerable populations.  In his new book, Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class (Oxford , 2018), Dr. Fergus examines how the increase in the prevalence of transactional fees in common facets of life — housing, work, transportation and schooling – has contributed to growing inequality and the erosion of the middle class.

“Real wages have flatlined throughout the last few generations,” Dr. Fergus explained. “Throughout history,” Dr. Fergus added, “competition of wages and housing has heightened racial tensions.”

Dr. Fergus is the Arvarh E. Strickland Distinguished Professor of History, Black Studies and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.  Dr. Fergus’ research focuses on political economy, policy and inequality in modern America and his writings have appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, The American Prospect and the Guardian.


Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class, the new book by Dr. Devin Fergus available from Oxford University Press


To watch Dr. Fergus’ August 12 interview on C-Span’s Washington Journal, click on this link: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4744236/devin-fergus-washington-journal-12-august-2018