Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. His current research focuses on cultural history in a world perspective. He writes on economics, history, social policy, ethnicity, and the history of ideas. His writings have appeared in scholarly journals in economics, law, and other fields. In 2015, he published Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective.
Over the past three decades, Sowell has taught economics at various colleges and universities, including Cornell, Amherst, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He also taught on the history of ideas at Brandeis University. He has also been associated with three other research centers, in addition to the Hoover Institution. He was project director at the Urban Institute, 1972-1974, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, 1976–77, and was an adjunct scholar of the American Enterprise Institute, 1975-76.
Sowell was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2002. In 2003, Sowell received the Bradley Prize for intellectual achievement. Sowell received his bachelor’s degree in economics (magna cum laude) from Harvard in 1958, his master’s degree in economics from Columbia University in 1959, and his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1968.