Message from the chair

Welcome to the Department of Economics at the University of Kansas, home of the Oswald Program in Economics.  We are excited about our Department, our University and the community of Lawrence.  We hope that this web site shows you why we are so excited and answers your questions.

To meet our new faculty and to read about the upcoming departmental events, please go to the News and Events Page. Information about faculty members and graduate students is on the People Page.  Prospective students please visit the Undergraduate Page or the Graduate Page as is appropriate. 

Our programs emphasize faculty interaction with students at all levels. Typically about 200 students pursue undergraduate economics degrees in the Oswald Program.  We are committed to limiting enrollment in all classes beyond the introductory level to 30 or fewer students. There are about 25 students in the M.A. program and 40 students in the Ph.D program. Graduate courses almost always have fewer than 20 students and often fewer than 10.

We are proud of the wonderful diversity of our department. Faculty and graduate students come from approximately 30 different countries, representing every continent. They are brought together in our community by their academic curiosity and their love of economics.

The University of Kansas and the community of Lawrence provide an exceptional setting for our Department. Check out the link to the KU Homepage from our website. Lawrence is a lovely and vibrant college town on the Kansas River and our beautiful campus sits on a hill in the middle of town, surrounded by cultural attractions. 

We are anxious for you to learn more about our Department, about our University, and the City of Lawrence. If you have questions or if I can be of further service, please send me an e-mail at jsic@ku.edu.

Joe Sicilian

Visiting our Department

Visitors are always welcome to the Department of Economics, at the University of Kansas.

We are happy to arrange a tour of Snow Hall, new home of the department, and answer any questions you might have about our programs.

Telephone: 785-864 3501
Email: econ@ku.edu

Department of Economics
415 Snow Hall
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

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News / Events
David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he works with KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, are important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.” Tags: #KUcommunities #CivilRights #History American Studies at KU
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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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