Roger L. Ransom 
Distinguished Professor of History and Economics Emeritus, University of California, Riverside 
War and Economics in the Modern World

I received my B.A. in economics from Reed College in 1959 and my Ph.D from the University of  Washington in 1963.

I taught in the departments of economics at the University of Virginia and the University of California, Berkley before coming to University of California, Riverside in the fall of 1968.

In 1984 I moved from the Department of Economics to the Department of History at UCR.

I was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987-88 and I was President of the Economic History Association in 2004-05.  I won the UC Riverside award for Distinguished Teaching in 2003 and the Distinguished Humanist Lecturer Award in 2005.

I was awarded the 2015-16 Edward Dixon Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Riverside.

I am currently working on a book titled: The First World War: Gambling on War and Economics in a Age of Catastrophes.  It is part of a larger project that deals with the chaos created by two world wars and the Great Depression.

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You can follow my progress of my current book project: Confidence, Fear, and a Propensity to Gamble:  The Puzzle of War and Economics in an Age of Catastrophes. 1914-1945





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My article, "Confidence, Fear, and a Propensity to Gamble: The Puzzle of War and in Economics in an Age of Catastrophe, 1914-45" has been published in the current issue of Social Science History. 
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