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Ngina Chiteji

Associate Professor
(212) 992-6313
410 - 1 Wash Pl

B.A., Economics, Brown University, 1988
Ph.D., Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997

Ngina Chiteji's teaching and research interests include public policy, macroeconomics, economic inequality, crime, and the distribution of household wealth in the United States. She is co-editor of Wealth Accumulation and Communities of Color in the United States (with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, University of Michigan Press, 2006). Her research also has been published in several scholarly journals, including the Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and Labour Economics. In addition to her teaching at Gallatin, she is an associate faculty member of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Edited Volumes


Wealth Accumulation and Communities of Color in the United States

Ngina Chiteji and Jessica Gordon Nembhard's Wealth Accumulation and Communities of Color in the United States was published by University of Michigan Press.

Teaching and Research Interests

macroeconomic theory and policy  economic inequality  social welfare policy  the Congressional budget process  the socio-economic consequences of incarceration  saving and borrowing behavior throughout the life course  political economy  East Africa and the Swahili Coast 

Recent News


Ngina Chiteji was featured on the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) website.


Chiteji recently co-curated a special issue of a journal, Criminal Justice Reform: 2020 and Beyond, the Summer 2021 edition of the Review of Black Political Economy.

Chiteji contributed a short piece to the NYU Furman Center's online discussion of the financial crisis and residential segregation.


Chiteji gave a presentation at the “Being in Debt” conference at Oxford University in September 2022.

Chiteji organized and chaired a panel titled "Economics, Policy and Morality" at the Southern Economic Association (SEA) conference in November 2021.

Ngina Chiteji