2016-2017 Visiting Scholar

Award-Winning Economist to Visit Swarthmore Campus as Phi Beta Kappa Scholar

Join the campus community on Thursday, October 27th at 7:30pm in Science Center 101 to hear Professor David Weiman, 2016-2017 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, give a public lecture entitled:  "Jackson versus Hamilton: Monetary Union and the Struggle over Political Economic Sovereignty."

David Weiman is the Alena Wels Hirschorn ’58 Professor of Economics at Barnard College and is currently the faculty director of Barnard’s innovative Empirical Reasoning Center. In 2014 he was honored with the Economic History Association’s Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economic History. Weiman specializes in 19th- and 20th-century U.S. economic history and the political economy of contemporary U.S. criminal justice policy. Among his most recent publications in economic history are “Political Economic Limits to the Fed’s Goal of a Common National Bank Money: The Par Clearing Controversy Revisited” (Research in Economic History 2014) and “Main Street and Wall Street: The Macroeconomic Consequences of New York Bank Suspensions, 1866 to 1914” (Cliometrica 2013). He is currently completing a paper entitled “Toward a More Perfect Monetary Union: The Civil War as a Second American Revolution,” part of a larger (co-authored) monographic study on the formation of the American monetary union from Andrew Jackson’s infamous “Bank War” to the formation of the Federal Reserve System.

Weiman has also written on the origins and labor market impacts of the regime of “mass incarceration” including “The Origins of Mass Incarceration in New York State: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Local War on Drugs” in S. Raphael and M. Stoll, eds., Do Prisons Make Us Safer?

Professor Weiman is visiting Swarthmore’s campus as a 2016-2017 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.  Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. Now in its 61st year, the Visiting Scholar Program has sent 648 Scholars on 5,288 two-day visits.