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Professor John M. Gowdy

Professional Experience

Rittenhouse Teaching Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, July 2005 - present

Professor of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, July 1993-Present.

Director of the Ph.D. Program in Ecological Economics 1992-1995; 1997-2004

Department Chair - 1995-1997

Associate Professor July 1987-June 1993

Assistant Professor July 1982-June 1987

Current Research

Major areas of interest - Ecological Economics, Energy and Climate Change, Evolutionary Economics, Welfare Theory and Policy, Behavioral Economics. Within these sub-fields of economics my current work is in the areas of biodiversity valuation, climate change modeling, economic development, fossil fuels, and the policy implications of behavioral economics.


Economics Courses taught recently - Advanced Microeconomic Theory, Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics, Introduction to Economics, Evolutionary Economics.

First Year Studies Courses Taught – Nature and Society; Economy, Ecology and Ethics; Growing up in America; Technology at the Crossroads 

Other courses taught - Structure of American Industry, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Mathematical Economics, Managerial Economics, Input-Output Analysis (in Vienna, Austria), Cost-Benefit Analysis (in Zürich, Switzerland).


Spring 2008 – Visiting Research Professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Fall 2004 - Leverhulme Visiting Professor, School of the Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Spring 2000 - Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria

Guest Professor, Institute for Environmental Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Tokushima University, Japan

Spring 1995 - Fulbright Scholar, Vienna University of Economics, Institute for Economics and Environment, Vienna, Austria

Spring 1991 - Visiting Research Professor, Department of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia

Spring 1990 - Visiting Research Associate, IFO - Institute für Wirtschaftsforschung, Munich, West Germany

Senior Economic Forecaster, New York State Energy Office - August 1979-June 1982

West Virginia University Foundation Fellow - August 1975-August 1979

Senior Planner, Old Colony Planning Council, Brockton, MA - June 1972-July 1975

U.S. Army Medical Corps ( Vietnam Service) - March 1968-December 1969

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