Robert E. Wright

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Robert E. Wright
Robert Eric Wright

(1969-01-01) January 1, 1969 (age 54)
Academic career
InstitutionAugustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
FieldEconomic history of America
Alma materUniversity at Buffalo

Robert Eric Wright (born January 1, 1969[1] in Rochester, N.Y.) is a business, economic, financial, and monetary historian and the inaugural Rudy and Marilyn Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.[2] He is also a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research.[3]


After graduating from Fairport High School in 1987, Wright took degrees in History from Buffalo State College, where he was a member of the All-College Honors Program,[4] and the University at Buffalo (Ph.D., 1997).[5]


Since 2001, he has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited twenty books on topics including banks and banking, book publishing, construction, corporations, corporate genealogy, and corporate governance, economic indicators, entrepreneurship, government bailouts, insurance, money and monetary policy, public debts, public policies, and securities markets.[6]

Wright's writings include a book on the role the real estate mortgage crisis of the 1760s played in the American Revolution.[7]

Wright is a board member of Historians Against Slavery, an NGO.[8] He edits its books series with Cambridge University Press,[9] "Slaveries Since Emancipation,"[10] and serves on HAS's public speakers bureau.[11] He is also associated with the Museum of American Finance.[12]

Wright taught at New York University's Stern School of Business from 2003 until 2009. Before that, Wright taught economics at the University of Virginia,[13] where he worked with Virginia economist Ron Michener in a dispute against Dr. Farley Grubb, an economist at the University of Delaware, over the nature of colonial and early U.S. money and monetary systems.[14][15]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Wright, Robert E. (2001). Origins of commercial banking in America, 1750-1800. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780742520875.
  • Wright, Robert E. (2002). Hamilton unbound finance and the creation of the American Republic. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780275978167.
  • Wright, Robert E.; Cowen, David J. (2006). Financial founding fathers: the men who made America rich. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226910680.
  • Wright, Robert E. (2008). One nation under debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the history of what we owe. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780071543934.
  • Wright, Robert E. (2010). Bailouts: public money, private profit. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231521734.
  • Wright, Robert E. (2014). Corporation nation. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 9780812245646.
  • Wright, Robert E.; Sylla, Richard E. (2015). Genealogy of American finance. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231170260.
  • Wright, Robert E. (2017). Poverty of slavery: How unfree labor pollutes the economy. Palgrave Macmillan ISBN 978-3-319-48968-1.

Book chapters[edit]

  • Wright, Robert E. (2012). "Capitalism in Early America: Rise of the Corporation Nation." In Gary Kornblith and Michael Zakim, eds., Capitalism Takes Command: The Social Transformation of Nineteenth Century America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226451107.

Journal articles[edit]

  • Wright, Robert E.; Kingston, Christopher. (2010) "The Deadliest of Games: The Institution of Dueling," Southern Economic Journal 76, 4:1094-1106.

News articles[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Wright, Robert E. (Robert Eric), 1969-". Library of Congress. Retrieved 27 August 2015. data sheet (Robert Eric Wright; b. 01-01-69)
  2. ^ "Augustana can thank cheese for creation of economic chair |". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2009-06-04.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Robert E. Wright". Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  4. ^ "All College Honors Program - Buffalo State College - About the Program - Alumni". 1999-02-22. Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  5. ^ "Department of History, University at Buffalo". Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  6. ^ "Wright, Robert E. (Robert Eric) 1969-". OCLC.
  7. ^ Arango, Tim (2008-11-30). "The Housing-Bubble and the American Revolution". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Board members". Historians Against Slavery.
  9. ^ "Book series: Slaveries since Emancipation". Cambridge University.
  10. ^ "Book series: Slaveries since Emancipation". Historians Against Slavery.
  11. ^ "Book series: Speakers Bureau". Historians Against Slavery.
  12. ^ "Editorial Board: Dr. Robert E. Wright". Museum of American Finance.
  13. ^ "4/12/2002: A Market Solution to the Oversupply of Historians". The Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  14. ^ "Michener Wright Comment" (PDF). January 2006.
  15. ^ "Michener Wright Rejoinder" (PDF). May 2006.

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