Devin Fergus is an expert on the role of hidden consumer finance fees in driving inequality. He is Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University and a senior fellow at Demos. He is finishing his second book, Land of the Fee, which examines the rise of finance fees and its impact on the wealth gap in America since the 1970s, to be published by the Oxford University Press.

His research focuses on the historical mechanisms driving contemporary inequality. He has written widely on politics, policy, and inequality, most recently as a regular blogger for Policy Shop.


– New York Times: Ending This Fee for All

– Washington Post: My students pay too much for college. Blame Reagan.

– The Guardian: Are auto insurance companies red-lining poor, urban drivers?

Media appearances:

– C-SPAN: Economic Inequality and the Return of Jim Crow

For interviews, contact him at or Simona Combi at