David Weiman, Barnard’s Alena Wels Hirschorn ’58 Professor of Economics, was awarded this year’s Jonathan Hughes Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The prestigious Hughes Prize is conferred annually by the Economic History Association, the top professional association for economic historians with membership across the globe.
Prof. Weiman’s nomination included supporting letters from former undergraduate and graduate students, from Barnard, Swarthmore and Yale, whom Weiman has taught over the last thirty years. As one of the letters noted, Prof. Weiman's "three decades of commitment to his students that was strong enough that they overwhelmingly and spontaneously wanted to do this to demonstrate their appreciation for his teaching and mentorship." Among the nominators were two generations of Barnard alums--mother and daughter--who both studied with Weiman: one as a graduate student at Yale, and the other as an undergraduate here at Barnard. Letters of support for Weiman’s nomination also came from past students who are now faculty members themselves at Harvard, Yale, Duke, and University of Michigan, as well as the founder of the Center for Economic Policy and Research, a former law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and a program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, among others.
Prof. Weiman was awarded the Hughes Prize this earlier this month at the 2014 Annual Economic History Association Conference. While at the conference, he also spoke about how Barnard's Economic and Social History Program has expanded the empirical reasoning component of its curriculum, including use of Barnard’s innovative Empirical Reasoning Lab. Prof. Weiman has helped to spearhead the expansion of empirical reasoning across Barnard, and was one of the co-principal investigators on a Mellon Foundation grant awarded to Barnard for this purpose.