Heather McGhee

Longlist, 2021 National Book Awards

Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, McGhee has drafted legislation, testified before Congress, and contributed regularly to news shows including NBC’s Meet the Press. (Photo credit: Andrea Burgess)
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The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

ISBN 9780525509561 One World / Penguin Random House

Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. More about this book >

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Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, McGhee has drafted legislation, testified before Congress, and contributed regularly to news shows including NBC’s Meet the Press. She now chairs the board of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. McGhee holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University and a JD from the School of Law at University of California, Berkeley.

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