Robert Wright

Robert Wright

Nef Family Chair of Political Economy
Augustana University

Dr. Robert E. Wright received his BA in history from Buffalo State College in 1990, his MA in history from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1994, and his PhD from SUNY at Buffalo in 1997. Before coming to Augustana, Dr. Wright served as Clinical Associate Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He was also a guest curator for the Museum of American Finance. Dr. Wright has written forBarron’s, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes.com, and other prominent publications. He has appeared on National Public Radio, C-SPAN, and BBC, as well as several South Dakota stations.

In addition to editing three series of primary source documents for Pickering and Chatto Publishers, Dr. Wright has authored or co-authored more than 20 books, most recently “Little Business on the Prairie: Entrepreneurship, Prosperity, and Challenge in South Dakota,” a study of the state’s economic history through the lenses of its public policies, politics, and institutions of governance. Other recent titles are Corporation Nation (2014) available from the University of Pennsylvania Press , Guide to U.S. Economic Policy (2014), and Genealogy of American Finance (2015). One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton; Jefferson and the History of What We Owe (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008), explores the untold history of America’s first national debt arising from the immense sums needed to conduct the American Revolution; Financial Founding Fathers (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), is a compelling account of the nation’s early finances; and Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look at America’s Economic Ills (Prometheus, 2010), has been called “a welcome new addition to the societal | economic | political discourse that is raging now.”

Blog Posts

Why the American Revolution Was Really an Economic Revolution

Political slogans tend to obscure more than they enlighten. Barack Obama’s 2008 call for “Change We Need,” for example, turned out to mean almsgiving rather than substantive policy reform. Similarly, the…