Rachel M. B. Atkins Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics, St John's University Tobin College of Business

Recent Appointments

Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University

2022 – Present   Assistant Professor of Economics


Stern School of Business, New York University

2019 – 2022  Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Management and Organizations


Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Washington D.C.

2021               American Economic Association Summer Fellow



Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, The New School

Ph.D., Public and Urban Policy, 2020

Dissertation Title: “Black Entrepreneurship and the Business Cycle: Firm entry and outcomes during economic downturn”

Committee: Darrick Hamilton (Chair), Rachel Metzer (Co-Chair), Barbara Robles, and Timothy Bates


Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

M.P.A, 2013

Thesis Title: “Minority Entrepreneurship and Affirmative Action”


Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania

M.G.A, 2010


West Chester University

B.S., in Economics, 2004

Summa cum laude, Honors College


Research Interests

Racial inequality and public policy in entrepreneurship, employment, technology, and innovation.

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