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David H. Feldman
TimesPhoto.jpgDepartment of Economics

College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Office:    Morton 111  
Phone:    (757) 221-2372  
Fax:       (757) 221-1175

A. B., Kenyon College, 1978
Ph. D., Duke University, 1982

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Personal Profile:

I grew up in south Florida. After high school, I wandered off to Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.  I thoroughly enjoyed the small-college, liberal arts education that I received from the dedicated teacher scholars at that school. I then spent four years at Duke University completing my M.A. and Ph. D. in economics. My first teaching position was at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. I came to William and Mary in 1989.

The economics, politics and history of the international economy is the focus of most of my teaching. I offer courses on international trade, economic integration, and international relations.

My early research was in the fields of international trade and economic development. Most of this work was about the causes and consequences of global economic integration. Some of my future work may well return to these themes. Over the last decade, however, my professional writing has gravitated toward issues in higher education. Much of this work is co-authored with Robert Archibald. Our book, titled Why Does College Cost so Much? is a good example of that collaboration. We are hard at work on our next book, tentatively titled, "Turbulent Waters: The Future of America's Colleges and Universities." It is under contract with Oxford University Press.

You can check out my higher education blog here: 

I live in Williamsburg with my wife Susan and our two sons. The eldest is a senior at the University of Miami, so my understanding of higher education has a personal component! We also share our house with two cats, who are the real owners.

In addition to economics, I have a passion for classical music. You can learn a bit more about this interest/hobby of mine on my PIANO PAGE


My recent book:Book Cover Small

Why does College Cost so Much?  by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Also Available from Amazon, or downloadable as the Kindle version.

Bill Gates: Best Books I Read in 2013

Reviewed by Stanley Fish in the New York Times.

Reviewed by John Lea for Times Higher Education. This is a UK perspective.

Here is our discussion with David Leonhardt in the New York Times.


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Selected Op-Ed and Commentary Articles