Casey Mulligan

Casey B. Mulligan, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, is the author of Parental Priorities and Economic Inequality,” which studies the transmission of economic status frocasey.190.1m one generation to the next. His research also covers capital and labor taxation, the gender wage gap, Social Security, voting and the economics of aging, among other subjects. His latest book,  “The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy,” is in production with Oxford University Press.  He is affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including the National Bureau of Economic Research, the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, and the Population Research Center. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Smith- Richardson Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation.  Professor Mulligan received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993. He has also served as a visiting professor teaching public economics at Harvard University, Clemson University, and Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

Professor Mulligan will speak Friday, February 20th at 3:30 p.m.  in the Black and Gold Ballroom, Buntrock Commons.

Steven Fazzari

Washington University economics professor, Steven Fazzari’s research explores two main areas:  the financial determinants of investment and R&D spending by U.S. firms and the foundations of Keynesian Fazzari, Stevenmacroeconomics.  A recent search found more than 1,100 citations to Fazzari’s publications in the Research Papers in Economics database (over 5,000 in Google Scholar).  In addition, his research and commentary on public policy issues has been highlighted in the national media.  Among other current research projects, Fazzari is now co-editing a book that investigates the sources and responses to the U.S. “Great Recession” that began in late 2007.

Fazzari teaches macroeconomics, from introductory freshman courses to advanced seminars for Ph.D. students.  He has won a variety of teaching awards and is especially honored to have received the 2002 Missouri Governor’s award for excellence in university teaching, the 2007 Emerson Award for teaching excellence, and Washington University’s distinguished faculty award, also in 2007.  He has served on many university committees and task forces.  Fazzari served six years as chair of the Department of Economics, five years as a member of the Arts & Sciences Academic Planning Committee, and is now a member of the Advisory Committee on Tenure and Promotion.  In 2008, Fazzari began a new leadership role as Associate Director the Weidenbaum Center, an independent unit of Arts and Sciences that supports social science research and organizes public outreach programs.

Professor Fazzari will speak Friday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m.  in the Black and Gold Ballroom, Buntrock Commons.

Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol (PhD, Harvard, 1975) is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University.  At Harvard, she has served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences theda_skocpol(2005-2007) and as Director of the Center for American Political Studies (2000-2006).  In 1996, Skocpol served as President of the Social Science History Association, an interdisciplinary professional group, and in 2002-03, she served as President of the American Political Science Association during the centennial of this leading professional body.  In 2007, she was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for her “visionary analysis of the significance of the state for revolutions, welfare, and political trust, pursued with theoretical depth and empirical evidence.”  The Skytte Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious in political science and is awarded annually by the Skytte Foundation  at Uppsala University (Sweden) to the scholar who in the view of the foundation has made the most valuable contribution to the discipline.  Skocpol has also been elected to membership in all three major U.S. interdisciplinary honor societies: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 1994), the American Philosophical Society (elected 2006), and the National Academy of Sciences (elected 2008).  In addition to her academic roles, Skocpol co-founded in 2009 and is current director of the Scholars Strategy Network (, a national organization that encourages public engagement by university-based scholars.

Professor Skocpol will speak Saturday, February 21st at 9:30 a.m.  in the Black and Gold Ballroom, Buntrock Commons.