Award Winning Economist
Dr. Roland Fryer is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard. He is also an associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, founder and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard, and a former junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows.
In 2007, at age 30, he became the youngest African-American to ever receive tenure at Harvard. He was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow and received the 2015 John Bates Clark Medal. Fryer is widely regarded to be one of black America and Harvard’s rising stars, having published numerous economics-related papers in prominent academic journals over the past few years.The New York Times ran an extensive profile of Fryer, entitled “Toward a Unified Theory of Black America,” in March 2005 that dealt extensively with Fryer’s rough upbringing: Fryer’s mother left when he was very young, and his father, who beat his son, was convicted of rape,effectively leaving Fryer to fend for himself. Fryer became a “full fledged gangster by his teens”
Along with the MacArthur Fellowship, he is a 2009 recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He appears on the “2009 Time 100,” Time Magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people. In 2012, he was awarded the Calvó-Armengol Prize, which is one of the most prestigious prizes recognizing young economists and social scientists.
Granvel Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and Leadership from Vanguard University and a master’s degree from Duke Divinity. Granvel is the author of Think on These Things: Meditations for Spiritual Living, and the critically acclaimed Notes to our Sons: for the Journey from Childhood to Manhood, which is a unique series of workbooks designed to guide and encourage young men as they grow into positive, productive, and responsible men.