Mackenzie Alston

Mackenzie Alston

Assistant Professor

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Economics, Texas A & M, 2019
  • A.B., Cum Laude, Economics and Mathmatics, Washington University at Saint Louis, 2013

Positions Held

  • Lecturer, Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022-2022
  • Assistant Professor, Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022 to present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2021-2022
  • Faculty Affiliate, Notre Dame Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, 2021 to present
  • Assistant Professor, Economics, Florida State University, 2019-2022

Recent Publications

  • Alston, M. Forthcoming. Eliminating Discrimination in Hiring Isn’t Enough. IZA World of Labor.
  • Alston, M., Darity, W., Eckel, C., McNeil, L., & Sharpe, R. (2022). The effect of stereotypes on black college test scores at a historically black university. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 194 408-424.  link >
  • Alston, M., Eckel, C., Meer, J., & Zhan, W. (2021). High-Capacity Donors’ Preferences for Charitable Giving. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 50 (6), 1262 - 1273.  link >
  • Jaeger, D., Arellano-Bover, J., Karbownik, K., Martínez-Matute, M., Nunley, J., Alston, M., Seals, A., & Becker, S. (2021). The Global COVID-19 Student Survey: First Wave Results. Covid Economics, (79), 152-217.  link >

Other Publications


  • Alston, M. (2015). The Effect of Dropping Lowest Test Scores on Learning and Performance. Equilibria, (3), 13-18.


  • Understanding the Role of Social Media in Academic Careers<br>, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022 to present

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