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UCLA Institute of American Cultures

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Public Policy

Current Project(s):

  • His previous research has focused on the determinants of migration and human trafficking, the effect of changes in household income on educational attainment, the effect of political institutions on economic development and the role of property institutions on investment decisions. His current research focuses on income inequality and immobility by race and ethnicity in the US. Dr. Akee has worked on several American Indian reservations, Canadian First Nations, and Pacific Island nations in addition to working in various Native Hawaiian communities.

Available Publications/Books:

  • Socioeconomic Outcomes for Indigenous Students attending a High Performing School forthcoming at Journal of American Indian Education.
  • Akee, R., Stockley, S., Darity, W., Jr., Hamilton, D., & Ong. P. (2017). The role of race, ethnicity, and tribal enrollment in wealth accumulation: An examiniation of American Indian tribal nations. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(11), 1939-1960.

Tagged: Income Inequality, Economic Development, Indigenous Peoples, Immigration