Michelle Holder
Michelle Holder

Associate Professor

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Michelle Holder is an associate professor of economics at John Jay College, City University of New York. Previously, she was a distinguished senior fellow at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth from July 2022 to February 2023, and president and CEO of Equitable Growth from September 2021 to July 2022. Her research focuses on the Black community and women of color in the U.S. labor market. Named one of 19 Black economists to watch by Fortune magazine, Holder has authored two books, Afro-Latinos in the U.S. Economy, published in May 2021, and African American Men and the Labor Market during the Great Recession, published in 2017.

Prior to joining CUNY, Holder spent a decade working as an applied economist in the nonprofit and government sectors. She was a senior labor market analyst at the Community Service Society of New York from 2010¬ to 2014, and from 1995 to 1998, she was an associate financial analyst and economist at the Office of the New York State Comptroller. Holder also served as finance director at Dēmos from 1999 to 2006, as part of the founding staff at the organization. Holder earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research, an M.P.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in economics from Fordham University.

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Why the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is good economics

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Testimony by Michelle Holder before the Joint Economic Committee on robust government investments

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The American Rescue Plan helped U.S. families amid the coronavirus pandemic and provides a roadmap for policymakers today

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African American men and the U.S. labor market during recessions and economic recoveries

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What happened to the federal minimum wage debate?

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House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth

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