Wright Discusses 'Financial Booms and Busts' on C-SPAN Panel

Watch Dr. Robert Wright, Nef Family Chair of Political Economy and director of the Thomas Willing Institute at Augustana, discuss "Financial Booms and Busts in American History." The C-SPAN3 special on "American History TV," which first aired on Saturday, July 28, featured a panel of economic historians discussing the impact of boom and bust periods in U.S. financial history, with a focus on the banking industry in New York City. The discussion was moderated by Mark Gongloff, chief financial writer for The Huffington Post. The panelists also commented on the current financial situation. The event was hosted by the Museum of the City of New York.

Dr. Wright received his B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Buffalo State College in 1990, his M.A. in history from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1994, and his Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo in 1997. Before coming to Augustana, Dr. Wright served as Clinical Associate Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He was also a guest curator for the Museum of American Finance. Dr. Wright has written for Barron's, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes.com, and other prominent publications. He has appeared on National Public Radio, C-SPAN, and the BBC, as well as several South Dakota stations.

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Watch "Financial Booms and Busts in American History" on C-SPAN3's "American History TV."

In addition to editing three series of primary source documents for Pickering and Chatto Publishers, Dr. Wright has authored or co-authored 14 books, including winner of the 2012 Small Business Book Award "The Wall Street Journal Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators That Really Matter: From Big Macs to 'Zombie Banks,' the Indicators Smart Investors Watch to Beat the Market" (New York: HarperCollins, 2011) with lead author Simon Constable, One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson and the History of What We Owe (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008), which explores the untold history of America's first national debt, arising from the immense sums needed to conduct the American Revolution. Another title, Financial Founding Fathers (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), is a compelling account of the nation's early finances. A second edition his textbook, "Money and Banking," is now available through Flat World Knowledge.

In 2010, Dr. Wright established the Thomas Willing Institute for the Study of Financial Markets, Institutions, and Regulations at Augustana College to promote the public's understanding of the financial system.