Robert Singleton, PhD

Title: Economics Professor

Inglewood, California, United States

Robert Singleton, PhD, Economics Professor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Higher Education.

Dr. Singleton has been an economics professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles since 1982, and a public speaker and consultant of his firm, Robert Singleton & Associates, since 1975. He is known for organizing a Freedom Rider group to go to Jackson, MS in 1961, part of a larger national movement protesting continuing segregation on public buses. Dr. Singleton later served as a board director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Los Angeles for one year. He is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and appeared in the 65th edition of Who’s Who in America.

Dr. Singleton is a veteran of the U.S. Army who served from 1954 to 1957 as a specialist, first class, in Darmstadt, Germany. After his service, he completed a PhD with the University of California, Los Angeles in 1964, while serving as chief researcher of the Institute of Industrial Relations. Dr. Singleton joined the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington until 1967, when he became an economist with the California Assembly Office of Research in Sacramento. From 1969 to 1970, he was director of the Center for African American Studies, and in 1971 he became director of the Education Financial Reform Project, all in Los Angeles. Dr. Singleton joined Loyola Marymount in 1982.

While in the army, Dr. Singleton was an interpreter and translator trained at the U.S. Army Language School. He was also recognized with inclusion in Sigma Pi and Phi Delta Xi. Fifty years after participating in the Freedom Riders, Dr. Singleton and his wife have been invited around the world for the cause of civil liberties and civil rights. Notably, they were invited to meet President Barack Obama at the White House.

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