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Glenn Loury

Glenn Loury
Born (1948-09-03) September 3, 1948
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality United States
Institution Brown University
Field Social economics
Alma mater MIT (1976)
Northwestern University (1972)
Influenced Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
Contributions Coate-Loury Model of affirmative action
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Glenn Cartman Loury (born September 3, 1948) is an American economist, academic and author. He is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University.


  • Biography 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Career 1.2
  • Personal life 2
  • Publications 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Early years

Loury was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] In 1972, he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Northwestern University. In 1976 he received his Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


At age 35, he was the first black tenured professor of economics in the history of Harvard University.[2]

In 1984, Loury drew the attention of critics with "A New American Dilemma", published in The New Republic, where he addressed what he terms "fundamental failures in black society" such as "the lagging academic performance of black students, the disturbingly high rate of black-on-black crime, and the alarming increase in early unwed pregnancies among blacks."

In 1987, Loury's career continued its ascent when he was selected to be the next Undersecretary of Education, a position which would have made him the second-highest-ranking black person in the Reagan administration. However, Loury withdrew from consideration on June 1, three days before being charged with assault after a "lover's quarrel" with a 23-year-old woman.[3] Loury was later arrested for possession of cocaine.[4]

After a subsequent period of seclusion and self-reflection, Loury reemerged as a born-again Christian and described himself as a "black progressive".[5] Loury left Harvard in 1991 to go to Boston University, where he headed the Institute on Race and Social Division. In 2005, Loury left Boston University for Brown University, where he was named a professor in the Economics Department, and a research associate of the Population Studies and Training Center.

Loury's areas of study include applied natural resource economics, and the economics of income distribution.[1]

Loury is a frequent contributor to, where he hosts "The Glenn Show."

Personal life

Loury and his late wife, Tufts economist Linda Datcher Loury, have two sons, Glenn II and Nehemiah. Loury and his first wife, Charlene Loury, have two daughters, Lisa and Tamara. Loury also has a son out of wedlock, Alden Loury. [1]


  • Loury, Glenn (1995). One by One From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America (First ed.). New York: Free Press.  
  • Loury, Glenn (2002). The Anatomy of Racial Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.  
  • Loury, Glenn; Modood, Tariq; Teles, Steven (2005). Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and the UK. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.  
  • Loury, Glenn; Karlan, Pamela; Wacquant, Loic; Shelby, Tommie (2008). Race, Incarceration, and American Values. A Boston review book. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  


  1. ^ a b c Angelica Spertini (2006-05-15). "Glenn C. Loury Biography" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ Brian Lamb (2002). "The Anatomy of Racial Inequality by Glenn Loury". Booknotes. CSPAN. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Harvard Teacher is Free of Charge".  
  4. ^ "Harvard Teacher Faces Drug Charges in Boston".  
  5. ^ Robert Boynton (1 May 1995). "Loury's Exodus: A profile of Glenn Loury".  

External links

  • Glenn Loury's webpage at Brown University
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • , August 4, 2002.The Anatomy of Racial Inequality interview with Loury on Booknotes
  • Video interviews/discussions with Loury at
  • Why Are So Many Americans in Prison? by Loury in the Boston Review
  • The Call of the Tribe – Loury on identity politics in the Boston Review
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