John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professor
in the American Economic System
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
210 Briggs Hall
(920) 993 6035
david.gerard at lawrence.edu
I am an associate professor and the chair of the department of economics at Lawrence University. My research interests are in risk regulation and public policy, particularly in areas of energy and the environment.
I came to Lawrence in 2009 after eight years at Carnegie Mellon University, six as executive director of the Center for the Study & Improvement of Regulation (CSIR). At Carnegie Mellon, I taught courses in the Department of Social & Decision Sciences and for the masters program in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management (ETIM). I maintain a Carnegie Mellon connection as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy.
In the academic year 2014-15, I received the Faculty Convocation Award for distinguished professional work, and I gave a talk on climate change at the Honors Convocation in May 2015. I have also given (reasonably) recent talks on corporate social responsibility and a Freshman Studies’ lecture on Thomas Schelling’s Micromotives & Macrobehavior.
In fall 2016, I will be a Visiting Scholar at the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory & Policy Analysis at Indiana University.
In 2016 I was named to the John R. Kimberly Distinguished Professorship in the American Economic System, which the Kimberly-Clark corporation established in honor of its former CEO in 1977. I am the third professor to hold the Chair, following in the footsteps of Jim Dana and Marty Finkler.
My Ph.D. is in economics from the University of Illinois and I have a B.A. in American studies and economics from Grinnell College.