Born July 13, 1947, Aurora, Illinois
Married to Catherine A. (Overhulse) Lewis; no children


Home address:

1164 Van Curler Avenue
Schenectady, New York 12308
(518) 382-0579


Current position:

Professor of Economics, 1999-
Social Sciences Building
Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 388-6089
Cell: (518) 248-7646
Fax: (518) 388-6988


Ph.D., 1982, and M.A., 1978, in Economics, University of Chicago
B.A., 1969, with Honors in Economics, Carleton College
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Featureless Plains Featured: The Effects of Nineteenth Century Midwestern Railroads.”
Committee chair: Donald N. McCloskey


Previous positions:

Union College, Schenectady, New York:
Director, Management MBA, Graduate Management Institute, 2002-3
Director of Corporate Relations (reporting to VP for College Relations), 2000-2002
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education (reporting to VP for Academic Affairs),
Associate Professor of Economics, 1985-1999; Assistant Professor of Economics,
1983-85; Instructor of Economics, 1979-83

Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Economics, Winter term 2004

Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan:
Professor of Business and Economics, 1994-95
Visiting Professor, Fall Semesters, 1989 and 1992

General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York:
Corporate Auditor, Corporate Audit Staff, 1973-75
Manager-General Accounting, 1971-73, and Financial Management Program
trainee, 1969-71, both in Steam Turbine-Generator Products Division


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Primary research fields:


Publications in journals and books:

“Social Savings,” “Alfred Sloan,” and “Nikolaus August Otto” articles. The
Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History.
Oxford University Press, 2003.

“Economics Department” entry. Encyclopedia of Union College History. Union College
Press, 2003.

“The Welfare State and the Accepted Rhetoric of Compassion: A Re-Evaluation.” The
2 (April/May 1986): 8-11,18.

(With E. Dwight Phaup) “Winners and Losers: Differentiating Between High-Growth
and Low-Growth LDCs.” U.S. Aid to the Developing World: A Free Market Agenda.
Edited by Douglas Bandow. Washington, D.C.: Heritage Foundation, 1985.

(With Dan Yaron) “Modeling for Cost-Effectiveness of Varying Degrees of Water Quality Control.” In Environmental Policy. Vol. 3. Water Policy, pp. 77-95. Edited by George S. Tolley, Dan Yaron, and Glenn C. Blomquist. Cambridge, Mass.: Ballinger Publishing, 1983.

“Economic Causes of Late Nineteenth-Century Agrarian Unrest: Comment.” Journal of Economic History 42 (September 1982): 688-696.

Reviews of the following books in Journal of Economic History (JEH):

Newspaper columns in the Schenectady Gazette (SG), Schenectady Sunday
(SSG) or (Albany, N.Y.) Times Union (TU):


Recent management seminar presentations:


Recent unpublished papers presented:


Selected conferences and seminars at which other professional papers were presented:


Additional finance and accounting credentials:


Peer review activities for Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools:

Member of site visit accreditation teams evaluating:

External reviewer of Periodic Review Reports submitted by Franklin & Marshall College and Lafayette College, 1994


Other recent peer review work:


Other recent professional activities:


Major Union College administrative and service activities before 1995 and after 2003:


Major civic, nonprofit, church, and other educational work since 1985:

Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority

City of Schenectady

Schenectady Economic Development Corporation

Schenectady Museum

First Reformed Church, Schenectady, New York (member since 1980)

Reformed Church in America

Regional Synod of Albany, Reformed Church in America

Classis of Schenectady, Reformed Church in America

Union College Campus Protestant Ministry

New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Empire Education Corporation (Mildred Elley), Latham, New York

Carleton College Alumni Annual Fund


Hobbies include amateur photography, swimming, golf, singing and (when in Japan) ceramics
I have been chairman of the Glen Hills Club, a small cooperative membership outdoor swimming facility, since 1998
Two of my photographs were accepted for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Winning Colors show in 2000



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