Steven Durlauf is an expert in the fields of economics and public policy; he has written on the subjects of capital punishment, poverty, religion, and human capital. He serves as a codirector of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO) here at the University of Chicago, alongside James J. Heckman and Robert Dugger.
Among many awards, Durlauf was given the Vilas Professorship in 2011, an award given to faculty conducting high quality research. He was elected a fellow at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. He was awarded the Lauits R. Chistensen Professorship in 2009. Additionally he was elected a fellow at the Econometric Society in 1997. He was general editor of the most recent edition of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and coedited the Handbook of Economic Growth.
Durlauf has been at the University of Wisconsin - Madison since 2003. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held previous positions at Stanford University; University of California, Los Angeles; Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro; the Santa Fe Institute; and Federal Reserve, among others.
Durlauf graduated magna cum laude with a BA in economics from Harvard in 1980. He went on to earn his doctorate from Yale in 1986.