Former Wilson Center fellow, Devin Fergus, has recently published his new book, Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class. While he was a fellow at the Wilson Center in 2010, Devin Fergus began his research for this book, his project for the Center focusing on the historical reasons for the increase in economical inequality in the United States.

Fergus recently came to the Center for the book launch event. The book discusses issues of wealth inequality, with special focus on fees hidden within a majority of our financial transactions and how these overlooked fees are contributing to the growing wealth disparity experienced in the United States.

Receiving his PhD in History from Columbia University, Devin Fergus is a distinguished professor of History, Black studies, and Public Affairs at the University of Missouri and a visiting professor at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. His work has been featured in multiple outlets, such as the New York Times and Washington Post and his previous book, Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics has been named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book in 2010.

Read more about the book here.