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Outstanding Faculty Awards

J. Barkley Rosser, Jr.

Professor of Economics and Business Administration
James Madison University

John Barkley Rosser, Jr. is Professor of Economics and Kirby L. Cramer, Jr. Professor of Business Administration at James Madison University, where he has taught since 1977. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976, where he has also been a Visiting Professor, in addition to universities in Sweden, Australia, France, Italy, and Japan.

Dr. Rosser is best known for applying ideas from complex nonlinear dynamics to various sub-fields of economics. He has published about 150 books, articles, comments, book chapters, and book reviews. His books include From Catastrophe to Chaos: A General Theory of Economic Discontinuities (1991, second edition, 2000), Comparative Economics in a Transforming World Economy (1996, second edition, 2004), Complexity in Economics (2004), The Changing Face of Economics (2004), Handbook of Complexity Research (2009), and European Economics at a Crossroads (2010).

Dr. Rosser has advised the City of Madison, WI, the City of Harrisonburg, VA, the legislature of Wisconsin, the legislature of Virginia, the U.S. National Forest Service, U.S. agencies related to national security, the U.S. House of Representatives, various presidential candidates, and international bodies, including the National Science Foundation of Japan and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has made numerous appearances on television and radio and written columns in newspapers and local, national, and international outlets. He has also been a prominent commentator on economic issues through various economics web-logs, most recently as a co-blogger on the influential Econospeak.

Dr. Rosser founded the Society for Nonlinear Economic Dynamics and co-founded the United States Society for Ecological Economics. He served for nearly a decade as Editor of the influential Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and was selected to be a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (2009).

Dr. Rosser is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Germany. In 2010 a festschrift was published by Springer for him entitled, Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics, Finance, and the Social Sciences: Essays in Honour of John Barkley Rosser, Jr.

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J. Barkley Rosser, Jr.


"I provide students with a full picture of economics and its relationship with other disciplines, offering a critical perspective on established theories and a practical orientation that would help them in their future lives and jobs. From my own experience, I challenge students with the skills of thinking critically and questioning established ideas in their pursuit of knowledge."