David Weiman

Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor of Economics

   Faculty Director of the Empirical Reasoning Center

   Interim Co-Director of Urban Studies

Weiman has been a member of the Barnard faculty since 2001.  He is also an affiliated member of the Columbia 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.

Academic Focus: 

Economic history

Political economy

U.S. criminal justice policy

Urban-regional development


Fall 2016

Econ. BC1003  Introduction to Economic Reasoning

Econ. BC3041 Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy

Econ. BC3061/ECHS 3066  Senior Thesis Seminar


Spring 2016

Econ. BC3013  Economic History of the United States
Econ. BC3061/ECHS 3066  Senior Thesis Seminar


"Political Economnic Limits to the Fed's Goal of a Common National Bank Money: The Par Clearing Controversy Revisited," Research in Economic History 30 (2014), pp. 93-136 (with John A. James).

 “Wall Street and Main Street: the macroeconomic consequences of New York bank suspensions, 1866–1914” (with John A. James and James McAndrews). Cliometrica 7:2 (2013).

“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.


Office: LeFrak Center 240

Phone: (212) 854-5755

Email: dweiman@barnard.edu

Office Hours: 

Office hours: For week of ​1/22), Wed. 11:45am-1:15pm; Thurs. 4:00-5:30pm.  Thereafter, Mon. 3:00-4:00pm; Tues. 2:30-4:30pm.  Click on the link to sign up for a 10-minute slot. 


AB, Brown University

MA, Yale University

PhD, Stanford University

In the News

Anna Carlson ’18, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for the Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC), traveled to Sydney, Australia, to present her paper, “The First Five Years of the Barnard ERC: A Model for Developing Comprehensive Undergraduate-Focused Data Analysis Services,” at the IASSIST 2019 conference on May 31, 2019.

The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning will be a new academic hub in the heart of campus bringing students and faculty together, facilitating collaboration, and fostering dialogue.

BLAIS staff receives a $25,000 grant for piloting programs at the Milstein Teaching and Learning Center!

Prize awarded to honor excellence in teaching economic history

Economics professor interviewed for Marketplace.org

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