Richard Rothstein


Richard Rothstein is a Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute, a Senior Fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law, a Contributing Editor of The American Prospect, and an occasional contributor. His previous work on racial segregation and public education is posted here, and his most recent Prospect print story, "The Making of Ferguson," can be read here. Readers may correspond with him about his writing at


For decades, the Fair Housing Act's potential was squandered. A recent Court decision may finally change that.  Read more

Civil Rights in America


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A century of federal, state, and local policies have quarantined Charm City’s black population in isolated slums. Read more

Law and Justice

Long before the shooting of Michael Brown, official racial-isolation policies primed Ferguson for this summer’s events. Read more

Civil Rights in America

Focusing college-student recruitment on poor neighborhoods can overlook middle-class African Americans entitled to affirmative action.   Read more


Sociologist Patrick Sharkey proves a mother’s insecure upbringing harms her child as surely as a neighbor’s broken window.    Read more

Education in America


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What the former chancellor of New York City schools' sleight of hand tells us about education reform Read more

Education in America

Does Mitt’s or George’s approach to raising black student achievement make more sense? Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Without neighborhood integration, Mitt Romney’s school-choice plan won’t close the achievement gap. George Romney knew better. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

If we want more economic opportunity and equality, a better-skilled work force is only one element among many. Read more

Special Report

Our No. 1 education program is incoherent, unworkable, and doomed. But the next president still can have a huge impact on improving American schooling. Read more


The trade problem is much bigger than the treaty. Read more

America and the World

My liberal friends are being too hard on Bill Clinton. His mandate and congressional majority are wafer thin, and he's doing well with what he has. Would you rather have George Bush? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

In Clinton's first two years, myopic liberals complained about his compromises and disparaged his accomplishments. Now there will be fewer accomplishments and bigger compromises. Insisting on purity could only make things worse. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The labor movement has new life, but faces immense obstacles. Here's what it can accomplish. Read more

Working in America