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2016: Nick Galasso

Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence

Nick Galasso, Ph.D.

"The Wealth Gap: Why It Matters and How We Can Fix It"
Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center, Furman University
7 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nick Galasso was on Furman’s campus from October 24 – 28, 2016 as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. During his time at Furman, Dr. Galasso led six classes and attended several group meals with faculty, staff, and students. His public address, "The Wealth Gap: Why It Matters and How We Can Fix It", was enjoyed by over 250 students, faculty, and members of the Upstate community. The talk focused on the social and economic impact of the wealth gap and concluded with possible policy solutions to this growing problem. 


Highlights of Dr. Galasso’s visit to Furman:

  • Lectures and discussion in political science, business, economics, and poverty studies classes
  • “Pizza & Politics” lunchtime discussion about careers in NGOS with political science students
  • Breakfast with political science department faculty
  • Lunch with the Riley Institute Advance Team
  • Several small meals with members of Advance Team
  • Dinner with the Hollingsworth and Townes scholars
  • Dinner with students preparing to travel to Lima, Peru, for the 2016 APEC CEO summit

About Nick Galasso

Nick Galasso, who leads Oxfam's work on economic inequality and governance was the Riley Institute’s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow from October 24-28, during which time he visited classes and met in small groups with students and faculty. Galasso is the co-author of "Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality," the report that calculated that the 85 richest people in the world have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population; in 2016, the number is 62. He joined Oxfam America in 2012 as an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow and now serves as senior researcher. 

As a leading voice on inequality, he is a regular media guest for programs on Fox Business News, the now shuttered Al Jazeera America network, ABC, CBS, Voice of America, Open Media Boston, and NPR stations across the U.S. Prior to working for Oxfam, Galasso taught international relations and political economy at Chestnut Hill College and the University of Delaware. His research has been published in the journals Global Policy and Foreign Policy Analysis, and he regularly writes for Oxfam’s Politics of Poverty blog. Galasso earned a PhD in global governance and lives in Washington, D.C.