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.

Cambridge University Press has published my latest book: Gambling on War: Confidence, Fear and the Tragedy of the First World War.  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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Food for thought ...

On September 11, 2019 we lost one of the truly remarkable members of our profession with the death of Richard Sutch.  He was a close friend and colleague of mine for more than 50 years.

Here is an essay of my memories from working with Richard
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