The Harrison Metal Award and Fellowships were created to recognize the importance of economic history in understanding the development of the economy and wishes to advance this field of study. This fund aims to attract graduate students with high potential to study economic history, of promoting research and scholarship in the field to set the students up for professional success, and raising the profile of economic history at the University of Michigan.
Harrison Metal Award Recipient 2021
Hailing from New York City, Arkey Barnett (he him) is a first-year student in the Economics Ph.D. prgram at the University of Michigan. Before Michigan, Arkey was an economics major, Allison Davis Undergraduate Research Fellow, Quest Bridge Scholar, and Gates Millennium Scholar at Williams College '19. He also participated in the American Economics Association Summer Program at Michigan State University '18 and had spent the past two years working with Dr. Ebonya Washington as a postgraduate associate at Yale University's Department of Economics. With interests in the intersection of labor, public finance and economic history, Arkey is passionate about research in criminal justice, education policy, racial and socioeconomic inequality, and American economic history. When he is not thinking about economics, Arkey enjoys riding roller coasters at theme parks, attending bible study, mentoring high school and college students, cooking and reliving his high school wrestling days at the gym.