Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor of Economics
and Faculty Director of the Empirical Reasoning Center
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.
U.S. criminal justice policy
Econ. BC1003 Introduction to Economic Reasoning
Econ. BC3041 Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy
Econ. BC3013 Economic History of the United States
Hist. G8861 Industrial Revolutions
Econ. BC3062 Senior Thesis II
"Political Economnic Limits to the Fed's Goal of a Common National Bank Money: The Par Clearing Controversy Revisited," Research in Economic History (with John A. James), forthcoming.
“The National Banking Acts and the Transformation of the New York City Banking Sector during the Civil War Era” (with John A. James). Journal of Economic History 71(2), 2011:340-364.
“Banking on the Periphery: The Cotton South, Systemic Seasonality, and the Limits of National Banking Reform” (with Scott A. Redenius). In P. Rhode, J. Rosenbloom, and D. Weiman, eds., Economic Evolution and Revolution in Historical Time (Stanford: Stanford University Press).
“From Drafts to Checks: The Evolution of Correspondent Banking Networks and the Formation of the Modern U.S. Payments System” (with John A. James). Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking 42(2-3), 2010:237-65.
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Prize awarded to honor excellence in teaching economic history
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Economics professor quoted in an article about the fiscal cliff and the most recent monthly job report.