Michelle Holder

Michelle Holder

Assistant Professor
Phone number: 
212-393-6480
Room number and address: 
9.63.31 NB

Education

The New School for Social Research, New York
Ph.D. in Economics, 2013
Concentrations: Labor Economics, Advanced Political Economy

The New School for Social Research, New York
M.A. in Economics
Concentrations: Race, Class, and Gender

University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Ann Arbor              
M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration)           

Fordham University, College at Lincoln Center, New York                                  
B.A. in Economics

Bio

 Michelle Holder is an Assistant Professor of Economics at John Jay College, City University of New York. Prior to joining the John Jay faculty, she worked professionally as an economist for a decade in both the nonprofit and government sectors.  Her research focuses on the black community and women of color in the American labor market, and her economic policy reports have been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Amsterdam News, and El Diario.  Michelle has also appeared on, or been quoted in, media outlets such as CNN, the Washington Post, NPR, The New Yorker, and PBS.  Her first book African American Men and the Labor Market during the Great Recession was released from Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.  Michelle’s educational background includes master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the New School for Social Research in NYC, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fordham University.

Course Taught

Introduction to Economics

Understanding U.S. Economic Data

Economics of Labor

Political Economy of Racism

Statistics for Economics

Economics of Justice

Seminar in Economics: Senior Capstone

Social Innovation

Scholarly Work

Holder, Michelle. 2020. “Before COVID-19, Corporate America Shortchanged Black Women $50 Billion Annually: Why All Women Should Care.” Ms. Magazine online, accessed at https://msmagazine.com/2020/04/07/before-covid-19-corporate-america-shortchanged-black-women-50-billion-annually-why-all-women-should-care/  (April 7)

Holder, Michelle. 2020. “The Double Gap and the Bottom Line: African American Women’s Wage Gap and Corporate Profits.” Report for The Roosevelt Institute, New York, NY.

Holder, Michelle. 2018. “Revisiting Bergmann’s Occupational Crowding Model.” Review of Radical Political Economics Vol. 50 No. 4: 683-690.

Holder, Michelle. 2017. African American Men and the Labor Market during The Great Recession. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Holder, Michelle. 2013. "Introduction to Articles on Black Women and Work." Review of Black Political Economy Vol. 40 No. 1: 23-25.

Rankin, Nancy and Michelle Holder. 2012. Upgrading Security: Unionization and Changes in the Workforce, Wages, and Standards in the NYC Security Industry, 2004-2011. Community Service Society of New York Policy Report (October).

Holder, Michelle. 2012. "Letter to the Editor"  Crain’s New York Business ." (August 27).

Holder, Michelle. 2012. Women, Blacks, and Older Workers Struggle in Post-Recession New York City. Community Service Society of New York Policy Report (August).

Holder, Michelle. 2012. "Half of Recovery Jobs Offer Low Wages. So Raise Them!" City Limits (April 25).

Holder, Michelle. 2010. Unemployment in New York City during the Recession and Early Recovery. Community Service Society of New York Policy Report.

Ghilarducci, Teresa, Michelle Holder, Jeff Madrick, Nikolaus Papanikolaou, and Jonathan Schlefer. 2008. "The Promise of Public Investment." Infrastructure for America’s Economy: Evaluating the Evidence. The New School for Social Research, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis Report: 21-31.

Holder, Michelle. 2005. Katrina: Scenes Reminiscent of Dogs Biting and Fire Hoses on Full Blast. Dēmos: A Network for Ideas and Action Democracy Dispatch #61, September 28.

1997. The New York City Region in the 1990s: A Look at Economic Performance     Compared to the Nation’s Largest Cities.  Office of the State Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York. Michelle Holder was a contributing writer and researcher to this report.

 

1996. The New York City Economy: Recent Trends and the Labor Market Implications of Welfare Reform.” Office of the State Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York. Michelle Holder was a contributing writer and researcher to this report.

 

 

Honors and Awards

 

  • International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) Travel Grant, March 2020 
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York “Faculty Fellowship Publication Program,” Spring 2017
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York PSC-CUNY Research Award, 2016-2017
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York “Discover, Design, and Develop” (D3) Faculty Fellowship, Spring 2016
  •  John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York “Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award,” Spring 2015
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) and Duke University Economics Department “Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics” Fellowship, 2014-2015
  • International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) Rhonda Williams Travel Grant, June 2014

 

Research Summary

Michelle Holder's research focuses on the status and position of blacks and women of color in the U.S. labor market.

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Poverty
Racial & Social Justice
Women / Gender Justice

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Labor Economics

Labor Market Discrimination

Wage Gaps

In The Media

Print/Online

 Media Interviews and Press Coverage:

Wall Street Journal “Rise in Weekly Unemployment Claims Points to Faultering Job Recovery” by Eric Morath July 23, 2020. M. Holder quoted in article. Accessed July 2020 at  https://www.wsj.com/articles/unemployment-benefits-weekly-jobless-claims-coronavirus-11595444039?mod=hp_lead_pos1

PBS News Hour “Some parents may be pushed out of the workforce due to lack of childcare” by Paul Solman July 23, 2020, produced by Diane Lincoln. M. Holder appeared as guest expert.  Accessed July 2020 at https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/some-parents-may-be-pushed-out-of-the-workforce-due-to-lack-of-child-care

The New Yorker “The High-Finance Mogul in Charge of Our Economic Recovery” by Sheelah Kolhatkar, July 20, 2020. M. Holder quoted in article.  Accessed July 2020 at  https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/07/20/the-high-finance-mogul-in-charge-of-our-economic-recover

Vox.com “The debate over re-opening America’s K-12 schools, explained” by Anna North, July 10, 2020. M. Holder quoted in article.  Accessed July 2020 at: https://www.vox.com/2020/7/10/21310099/schools-reopen-open-reopening-trump-public-covid

New America - Better Life Lab “Crisis Conversations” Podcast, hosted by Brigid Schulte July10, 2020, on COVID and women of color. M. Holder appeared as guest commentator.  Accessed July 2020 at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crisis-conversations-calling-for-new-bailout-for-women/id1386944144?i=1000484240072

Bloomberg.net “Fed’s Top Ranks Dominated by White Men Despite Diversity Push” by Catarina Saraiva, Steve Matthews and Dave Merrill July 9, 2020. M. Holder quoted in article.  Accessed July 2020 at https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-federal-reserve-banks-diversity-hiring/?sref=ukxbWXuf

NPR (National Public Radio) ”How Coronavirus Could Widen the Gender Wage Gap” by Danielle Kurtzleben, June 28, 2020.  M. Holder quoted in broadcast. Accessed July 2020 at  https://www.npr.org/2020/06/28/883458147/how-coronavirus-could-widen-the-gender-wage-gap
 

Fortune “19 Black economists to celebrate and know, this Juneteenth and beyond” by Fanta Traore, June 19, 2020. M. Holder listed among the 19 economists.  Accessed July 2020 at  https://fortune.com/2020/06/19/black-economists-fixing-systemic-racism-juneteenth/

Wall Street Journal “U.S. Unemployment Claims Edge Lower but Remain Historically High” by Eric Morath June 18, 2020. M. Holder quoted in article. Accessed July 2020 at https://www.wsj.com/articles/unemployment-benefits-weekly-jobless-claims-coronavirus-11592431795

CNN (Cable News Network) Morning Show June 5, 2020- Poppy Harlow segment on the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Situation – May 2020” report. M. Holder appeared as guest expert. Accessed July 2020 at http://archive.tveyes.com/18120/3632397-40853/50779404-17c9-45ce-a118-6625c6cba316/CNN_06-05-2020_09.39.50.mp4

Fox 5 NYC Evening News June 5, 2020 with Mackenzie “Mac” King segment on Bureau of Labor Statistics “Employment Situation – May 2020” report. M. Holder appeared as guest expert.

CNN (Cable News Network) Morning Show May 28, 2020- Poppy Harlow segment on the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). M. Holder appeared as guest expert. Accessed July 2020 at http://archive.tveyes.com/18120/3632397-40853/56038126-8d7e-43c0-8cfe-626f332da217/CNN_05-28-2020_09.40.43.mp4

NY1 Broadcast News, “Unemployment Rate Skyrockets to 14.7 Percent in April, Highest Since the Great Depression” by Vivian Lee, May 8, 2020. M. Holder appeared as guest expert.  Accessed May 2020 at https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/05/09/unemployment-numbers-coronavirus-almost-15-percent-in-april

Vox.com, “Recessions are always racist. This one could be catastrophic” by Aaron Ross Coleman, May 6, 2020. M. Holder quoted in article. Accessed May 2020 at https://www.vox.com/2020/5/6/21248330/coronavirus-black-americans-depression

DameMagazine.com, “When Will the Census Count Everyone? by Christine Grimaldi, March 24, 2020. M. Holder quoted in article discussing the importance of effectively capturing the LGBTQ community in the decennial census. Accessed May 2020 at https://www.damemagazine.com/2020/03/24/when-will-the-census-count-everyone/

The Nation, “Recessions are Racist (But They Don’t Have to Be)” by Aaron Ross Coleman, November 12, 2019. M. Holder quoted in article. Accessed December 2019 at https://www.thenation.com/article/recession-race-economy/

NBC News, “Black Women and Latinas paid so poorly, catching up is almost impossible” by Janell Ross, April 2, 2019. M. Holder quoted in article. Accessed December 2019 at https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-women-latinas-paid-so-poorly-catching-almost-impossible-n990231

The Washington Post, “The economy added 200,000 jobs in January,” by Danielle Paquette, February 2, 2018. M. Holder quoted in article. Accessed December 2019 at https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-economy-added-200000-jobs-in-january/2018/02/02/7109f4e8-07a2-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html

FastCompany.com, “This Alternative Study of Economics Cuts Out Centuries of Bias,” by Lydia Dishman, October 4, 2017. M. Holder quoted in article. Accessed December 2019 at https://www.fastcompany.com/40475986/this-alternative-study-of-economics-cuts-out-centuries-of-bias

BRIC-TV’s “BK Live” Show, November 1, 2016- M. Holder participated on panel about raising the minimum wage in New York State with host Jarrett Murphy of City Limits magazine, Accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXhsr2g5MZU

LaborPress.org, “Grand Alliance Holds Hearings on Future of Postal Service; Takes Stand Against Privatization” by Silver Krieger, May 15, 2016, M. Holder highlighted in article.  Accessed May 2016 at http://www.laborpress.org/sectors/municipal-labor/7574-grand-alliance-holds-hearing-on-future-of-postal-service-takes-stand-against-privatization

NYCBizNews.com, “Unemployment Rates Among Blacks Remains High Despite New York City Job Boom,” by Brooke Williams, October 10, 2015. M. Holder quoted in article.  Accessed December 2019 at http://nycbiznews.journalism.cuny.edu/2015/10/unemployment-rate-among-blacks-remains-high-despite-new-york-city-job-boom/

Deustche Welle, “Low US Jobless Rate Not Telling the Whole Story,” by Janosch Delcker, December 5, 2014, M. Holder quoted in article. Accessed December 2019 at http://www.dw.de/low-us-jobless-rate-not-telling-the-whole-story/a-18106112

CNN (Cable News Network) Pilot Show “The Real Deal” with Chris Cuomo, on the minimum wage. March 5, 2014

EpochTimes.com, “New York City’s Health Care Budget Burden” by Kristen Meriwether, October 9, 2013, M. Holder quoted in article. Accessed October 2013 at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/313701-new-york-citys-health-care-budget-burden/

CUNY TV (City University of New York), on unemployment with host Mike Gilliam of “Working New York” March 8, 2013

GothamGazette.com, “Council Passes Unemployment Discrimination Bill” January 24, 2103, M. Holder quoted in the article.    

CCTV (China Central Television) on female unemployment in New York City with reporter Daphne Denis, January 16, 2013

WWRL, New York City on unemployment during the economic recovery in New York City with host Rennie Bishop of “All Things New York” September 24, 2012

WBAI, New York City on unemployment during the economic recovery in New York City with host Hugh Hamilton of “Talk Back!” August 2012

Televisa NY on “Las Mujeres Enfrentan Dificultades despues de la Recesion Economica en La Cuidad de Nueva York” with reporter Marisa Cespedes, August 20, 2012

WBAI, New York City on unemployment during the economic recovery in New York City with host Ester Armah of “Wake Up Call” August 16, 2012

NBC, New York City, M. Holder provided commentary for local broadcast news piece on McDonald’s One-Day “National Hiring Spree” for reporter DeMarco Morgan, April 19, 2011

WBAI, New York City on black male unemployment with host Hugh Hamilton of “Talk Back!” January 11, 2011

Al-Jazeera English Television on black unemployment in New York City with reporter Kristen Saloomey, December 21, 2010

WVON, Chicago on black unemployment with host Santita Jackson, December 15, 2010 

WBAI, New York City on minority unemployment with host Ester Armah of “Wake Up Call” December 16, 2010

WWRL, New York City on black male unemployment with host Rennie Bishop of “All Things New York” December 20, 2010

 

Media Coverage of Publications:

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, May 26, 2020, “How Gender and Racial Discrimination Lead to a Double Wage Gap for African American Women” by Lois Elfman, The Roosevelt Institute “The Double Gap and the Bottom Line” report by M. Holder mentioned, accessed July 2020 at https://diverseeducation.com/article/178539/

Pitchfork Economics Podcast, May 12, 2020, “Inequality and Coronavirus with Heather Boushey and Michelle Holder.” The Roosevelt Institute “The Double Gap and the Bottom Line” report by M. Holder mentioned, accessed May 2020 at https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/pitchforkeconomics?selected=PCHEC9434856268

Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2012, “New York Security Guards Paid Better than Rest of Country” by Anjali Athavaley. October 2012 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is the focus of the article.

New York Amsterdam News, August 16-22, 2012, “Unemployed and Black in New York” by Stephon Johnson. August 2012 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is the focus of the article.

City Limits, August 16, 2012, “Recovery Equals Long Unemployment, Especially for Women” by Jarrett Murphy. August 2012 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is the focus of the article.

WNYC News, August 16, 2012, “As Unemployment Rate for Men Goes Down, Women’s Goes Up: Report” by Cindy Rodriguez. August 2012 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is the focus of the article.

El Diario, August 15, 2012, “Desempleo golpea a las Latinas” by Juan Matossian. August 2012 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is the focus of the article.

New York Daily News, August 15, 2012, “Struggle of Ages: Older and minority women face huge hurdles to finding jobs, says report” by Phyllis Furman. August 2012 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is the focus of the article.

Wall Street Journal Online- Metropolis Blog, August 15, 2012, “Report: NYC Women Fare Worse in Economic Recovery” by Anjali Athavaley. August 2012 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is the focus of the blog.

New York Daily News Op-Ed, March 31, 2011, “Why shouldn’t we close failing schools; Young men of color stand to lose” by Pedro Noguera.  2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is cited.

The Nation, January 27, 2011 “Boom Town and Bust City: A Tale of Two New Yorks” by Lizzy Ratner.  2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is cited.

Village Voice, January 19, 2011 “Racial Inequality in Bloomberg’s Schools” by Nat Hentoff. 2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is cited.

New York Post, December 17, 2010 “It’s not about Wal-Mart” by Darryl C. Towns.  2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is cited.

Wall Street Journal Online- Metropolis Blog, December 14, 2010 ‘Understanding Unemployment in New York” by Aaron Rutkoff. 2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is cited.

New York Daily News Editorial, December 14, 2010 “Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. let down the Bronx when he killed the Kingsbridge Armory Mall” 2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is cited.

New York Daily News, December 14, 2010 “Black New Yorkers have a harder time bouncing back from unemployment” by Brian Strong and Lore Cogan. 2010 Community Service Society Report by M. Holder is the focus of the article.

The Washington Post, December 13, 2010 “Study Reveals Depth of Unemployment for Black New Yorkers” by Nsenga Burton. 2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is the focus of the article.

New York Times Online – Economix Blog, December 13, 2010 “Study Shows Depth of Unemployment for Black New Yorkers” by Steven Greenhouse. 2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is the focus of the blog.

New York Times Online- City Room Blog, December 13, 2010 “Grim Report for Young Black Workers” 2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is cited.

Huffington Post, December 13, 2010 “Only One in Four Young Black Men in New York City Has a Job” 2010 Community Service Society report by M. Holder is cited.

 

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