David Weiman

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.

Economic history

Political economy

U.S. criminal justice policy

Urban-regional development

Fall 2015

Econ. BC1003  Introduction to Economic Reasoning

Econ. BC3041 Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy


Spring 2014

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.

 “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: Lehman 007

Phone: (212) 854-5755

Email: dweiman@barnard.edu

AB, Brown University

MA, Yale University

PhD, Stanford University

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Prize awarded to honor excellence in teaching economic history

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