The Phi Beta Kappa Society has named economics professor David Weiman to be a Visiting Scholar for the 2016–2017 academic year. Prof. Weiman, the Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor of Economics and Faculty Director of the Empirical Reasoning Center, is one of 15 scholars chosen from a range of disciplines that include anthropology, geobiology, and physics.

Now in its 60th year, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program sends distinguished scholars to participate for two days in the life of colleges and universities with Phi Beta Kappa chapters. During each two-day visit, scholars meet informally with students and faculty members, participate in classroom discussions and seminars, and give a public lecture open to the academic community and the general public.

There are 286 campuses with Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and schools can apply for a visit from a Visiting Scholar. Throughout the course of the year, the Visiting Scholars will travel to a total of more than 100 colleges.

Weiman has been a member of the Barnard faculty since 2001. He is also an affiliated member of Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and History Department. He specializes in 19th and 20th century U.S. economic history, the political economy of contemporary U.S. criminal justice policy, and the history of economic thought. His current research focuses on the evolution of the U.S. banking-monetary system from the demise of the Second Bank of the United States to the founding of the Federal Reserve System. He teaches core courses in Barnard’s distinctive Political Economy track and joint Economic and Social History Program.