William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Economics William T. Waller P’99, P’04, P’09, P’13 has been named editor of the Journal of Economic Issues (JEI), a scholarly publication focused on institutional economics that is produced by the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE). A member of the HWS faculty since 1982 and a visiting scholar at University of Cambridge in England, Waller also has been pursuing several new research projects in economics.
“I am honored and thrilled to be named editor of JEI,” says Waller, who is the Helen Cam Visiting Fellow at Cambridge’s Girton College. “I hope to broaden access to the journal and expand our audience. As editor, I want to keep the dialogue at the journal healthy and strong by bringing in new voices and use the editorial process to encourage new scholars to publish their research with us and successfully advance their academic pursuits.”
A longstanding member of AFEE, Waller has served as president, vice president and secretary/treasurer. He also served on the JEI editorial board and has edited several books. In 2015, Waller received the Veblen-Commons Award, the highest honor awarded by the AFEE.
Among Waller’s latest research papers is “A Reconsideration of William Dugger’s Analysis of Power,” an article published in the Forum for Social Economics (FSE). The paper explores Dugger’s theoretical framework of power. Waller also co-authored a paper with Mary V. Wrenn, an economics professor at University of the West of England. The paper, which will be published in FSE, analyzed voter demographics and the 2016 Presidential Election. Currently, Waller is working on research about economist/sociologist Barbara Wootton and why her work didn’t have a greater impact, as well as a study on political ideologies and the “gift economy.”
While on fellowship at Cambridge, Waller delivered a guest lecture at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, as well as to the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy in Budapest, Hungary. Waller is a participant in the Cambridge Social Ontology Group and attends Cambridge Realist Workshops, hosted by the Department of Economics. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Waller plays trumpet in Girton College’s brass quartet.
Waller holds a bachelor’s and master’s from Western Michigan University and a doctorate from the University of New Mexico. He is a past recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes grant to conduct research in Sri Lanka.