College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Office: Tyler 266
Phone: (757) 221-2372
Fax: (757) 221-1175
A. B., Kenyon College, 1978
Ph. D., Duke University, 1982
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.
My teaching is broken into two specialties. The first is the economics, politics and history of the international economy. I offer courses on international trade, economic integration, and international relations. Since most of my scholarly efforts are now devoted to higher education, I am also offering a senior seminar in the economics of higher education.
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 new book, titled The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities is a good example of that collaboration.
You can check out my higher education blog here:
I live in Williamsburg with my wife Susan. My eldest son finished an undergraduate degree at the University of Miami and is hard at work on a masters degree at New Mexico Tech, so my understanding of higher education has a personal component! We also share our house with three 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.
The Road Ahead for America's Colleges & Universities, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Why does College Cost so Much? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.