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Robert Van Horn

Robert Van Horn
  • Assistant Professor
  • Chafee 810 - Office Hours: F 9:30-11:30am and by appointment
  • Phone: 401.874.2212
  • Email: rvanhorn@mail.uri.edu

Biography

Professor Van Horn received his Ph.D. from University of Notre Dame. During the 2008-2009 academic year, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy. Before coming to URI, he taught at Holy Cross College and University of Notre Dame.

Professor Van Horn’s teaching interests include: Principles of Microeconomics, Economics and the Law, and History of Economic Thought. After earning a Certificate of Achievement from the AEA Committee on Education in January 2011 for integrating interactive learning tools into his classes, Professor Van Horn presented a paper with Monica Van Horn entitled “What Would Adam Smith Have on His Ipod: Using Music to Teach the History of Economic Thought” at The National Conference on the Teaching of Economics and Research in Economic Education conference at Stanford University in June 2011. Professor Van Horn also completed the University of Rhode Island Teaching Fellows program during the 2010-2011 academic year and the University of Rhode Island Online Teaching Fellows program during the spring of 2011.

Research

Professor Van Horn’s research interests include: 1) the life and work of Aaron Director (a renowned Chicago economist who is considered the father of Chicago Law and Economics), 2) the history of the Chicago School and the history of neoliberalism, 3) best practices in teaching the history of economics, and 4) the role that businesspersons have played in the development of economics.

Education

  • Fellow in History of Political Economy, Duke University, 2008-2009
  • 

Ph.D., Economics, University of Notre Dame, 2007
  • M.A., Economics, 
University of Notre Dame, 2003
  • B.A., Law & Society (Phi Kappa Delta), Malone University, 2001

Publications

(SELECTED)

Books:

2011. Building Chicago Economics: New Perspectives on the History of America’s Most Powerful Economics Program. Cambridge University Press. (with Philip Mirowski, and Thomas Stapleford)

Articles and Book Chapters:

Forthcoming. “Two Trajectories of Democratic Capitalism in the Postwar Chicago School.” Cambridge Journal of Economics.

2014. “Henry Simons’ Death.” History of Political Economy. 46(3)

2013. “Hayek’s Unacknowledged Disciple: An Exploration of the Political and Intellectual Relationship of F. A. Hayek and Aaron Director.” Journal of History of Economic Thought. 35(3): 271-290.

2013. “What Would Adam Smith Have on His iPod: Uses of Music in Teaching the History of Economic Thought.” Journal of Economic Education. (with Monica Van Horn)

2012. “Inland Empire.” Journal of Economic Methodology. 19(3): 251-274. (with Nik Khah, Edward)

2011. “Chicago Neoliberalism versus Cowles Planning:  Perspectives on Patents and Public Goods in Cold War Economic Thought.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. 47(3), pp. 302-321. (with Matthias Klaes)

2011. “Chicago’s Shifting Position on Concentrations of Business Power.” Seattle University Law Review. 34(4), pp. 1527-1544.

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Teaching Interests

Professor Van Horn’s teaching interests include: Principles of Microeconomics, Economics and the Law, and History of Economic Thought. After earning a Certificate of Achievement from the AEA Committee on Education in January 2011 for integrating interactive learning tools into his classes, Professor Van Horn has co-authored two papers on the teaching of economics: "What Would Adam Smith Have on His Ipod: Using Music to Teach the History of Economic Thought" (with Monica Van Horn) and "Contending Perspectives in One Department" (with Richard McIntyre). The former has been published in the Journal of Economic Education, and the latter has been published in International Journal of Pluralism and Economic Education. Professor Van Horn also completed the University of Rhode Island Teaching Fellows program during the 2010-2011 academic year and the University of Rhode Island Online Teaching Fellows program during the spring of 2011.

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