National Economic Association to Present the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award to Dr. Cecilia A. Conrad

Prize for achievements in economics goes to an executive at the MacArthur Foundation

Fort Washington, MD – December 27, 2017 – The National Economic Association (NEA) will present the 2018 Samuel Z. Westerfield Award to Dr. Cecilia A. Conrad, the Managing Director of MacArthur Foundation and Emerita Professor of Economics at Pomona College. A former President of NEA, she is the third woman to receive the prestigious award. 

The award will be given at the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award luncheon on January 5 at the Philadelphia Convention Center in conjunction with National Economic Association Annual meeting and Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) meetings.  The luncheon is expected to draw top leaders and thinkers from the world of economics, especially from the African-American community. 

The Westerfield Award, one of the most coveted awards presented by NEA, acknowledges outstanding achievements in the field of economics by African-American scholars. It is presented tri-annually to a Black economist in recognition of his or her distinguished service, excellent scholarship and accomplishments in the field.  

A Stanford alumna, Dr. Conrad was the former Vice President for academic affairs and dean of Pomona College. She has been the President of International Association for Feminist Economics as well as an erstwhile board member of American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. Dr. Conrad is also a former editor of The Review of Black Political Economy, NEA’s academic journal. Her research focuses on the effects of gender and race on economic status.  

The award is named after the first recipient of the award, Ambassador Samuel Westerfield, who is hailed as an extraordinary teacher and university administrator, committed government official, highly respected international diplomat as well as an ardent builder of organizations devoted of widespread economic development and acknowledgement of the Black experience. 


Launched in 1969 as the “Caucus of Black Economists,” NEA is dedicated to uplift the professional lives of minorities in the field of Economics. The organization is especially committed to generating and distributing knowledge of economic issues which is especially valuable for the promotion of economic growth among African-Americans, Latinos and other communities of color.

Samuel Z. Westerfield Award luncheon 

Date: Friday, January 5, 2018

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Place: Philadelphia Convention Center (Room 201A)

Tickets: $75 (Students $25)

For ticket information, please visit Eventbrite. For all the information regarding the award and event, contact the NEA and Eventbrite websites.

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