Professor of Economic History and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (2006–2009)
The consideration of work has colored my own work since an encounter with neoclassical labor supply theory in the first weeks of my first undergraduate economics course. Struck by a model that envisions workers as perpetually torn between the pleasures of leisure and the income of labor, I began to wonder about the pleasures that derive from labor itself. The question of meaningful work has clearly niggled ever since, and continues to ground both my research and teaching interests.
That same belief brought me to Harvey Mudd, where I have the great pleasure of working in the multi-disciplinary department of Humanities and Social Sciences on a campus where inter-disciplinary inquiry flourishes.