Department of Economics
- Professor Wisman teaching interests are: History of Economic Thought, Methodology, History, Introductory Macroeconomics. His research spans a broad spectrum of domains from history of economic thought and methodology to labor and other social issues.
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Partnerships & Affiliations
Association for Social Economics
Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Social Economics, Les Cahiers du GRATICE
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Methodology, History of Economic Thought, General Economic History, Workplace Democracy.
- “Government is Whose Problem?” Journal of Economic Issues, 47 (4), December 2013 (forthcoming).
- “Wage Stagnation, Rising Inequality, and the Financial Crisis of 2008,” Cambridge Journal of Economics, 37 (4), July 2013: 921-45.
- “The Growth Trap, Ecological Devastation, and the Promise of Guaranteed Employment,” Challenge, 56 (2), March/April 2013: 53-78.
- “Degraded Work, Declining Community, Rising Inequality, and the Transformation of the Protestant Ethic in America: 1870-1930,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology (forthcoming November 2013 with Ph.D. candidate Matthew E. Davis).
- “9/11, Foreign Threats, Political Legitimacy, and Democratic Social Institutions,” Humanomics (forthcoming).
- “Rising Job Complexity and the Need for Government Guaranteed Work and Training,” in The Job Guarantee: Toward True Full Employment, Matthew Forstater and Michael Murray, eds. New York: Palgrave, January 2013: 5-38 (with Ph.D. candidate Nicholas Reksten.
- “Legitimating Inequality: Fooling Most of the People All of the Time,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 70 (4), October 2011: 974-1013 (with James F. Smith).
- “Inequality, Social Respectability, Political Power, and Environmental Devastation,” Journal of Economic Issues, 45 (4), December 2011: 877-900.
- “The Moral Imperative and Social Rationality of Government-Guaranteed Employment and Reskilling,” Review of Social Economy, 68 (1), March 2010: 35-67.
- “Creative Destruction, Economic Insecurity, Stress, and Epidemic Obesity,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 69 (3), July 2010: 963-82 (with Ph.D candidate Kevin W. Capehart). Reprinted in Insecurity, Inequality, and Obesity in Affluent Societies, Avner Offer, Rachel Pechey, and Stanley Ulijaszek, eds., Oxford University Press/Proceedings of the British Academy, February 2012: 15-53.
- “Rising Inequality and the Financial Crises of 1929 and 2008,” in Consequences of Economic Downturn. Edited by Martha Starr. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, December 2010: 63-82 (With Ph.D. candidate Barton Baker).
- “On Human Behavior and the Nature of the Workplace,” Looking Beyond the Individualism & Homo Economicus of Neoclassical Economics, Edward O’Boyle, ed., Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marquette University Press, 2010: 161-76. Also appearing in NEP Cognitive and Behavioural Economics, 2009-12-05, http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-cbe/
- “Household Saving, Class Identity, and Conspicuous Consumption,” Journal of Economic Issues, 43 (1), March 2009: 89-114.
- “The Economic Causes of War and Peace,” Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, Oxford: Elsevier 2008: 622-34.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Twice recipient of the American University Award for Outstanding Teaching,
- Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society's Professor of the Year,
- Winner of the $10,000 Speiser Essay Contest.
Work In Progress
- "We All Must Work: Creative Destruction and The Pursuit of Happiness (book project)."
- “Creative Destruction, an Ever-widening Generation Gap, and Parental Happiness.”
- “Labor Busted, Rising Inequality, and the Financial Crisis of 1929: An Unlearned Lesson.”
- “The Political Dynamics of Inequality: From Violence and Religion to Secular Ideology”
- "Adam Smith's Appropriation Theory of Human Behavior Reconsidered."
- “On the Evolution of Instrumental Habits of Thought.”
- “Why Marx Still Matters.”
- “The Magnitude of Kuznets’ Foiled Conjecture: The Revenge of the Rich” (with Aaron Pacitti).
- “Ending the Crisis with Guaranteed Employment and Retraining” (with Aaron Pacitti)