Bradley A. HansenDepartment of Economics
University of Mary Washington
Phone: 540 654 1484
Current Position• Professor of Economics and Affiliated Faculty in American Studies, University of Mary Washington.
Previous Positions• Associate Professor of Economics, University of Mary Washington, 2003-2009.
• Assistant Professor of Economics, Mary Washington College, 1996-2002.
• Senior Lecturer of Economics, Mary Washington College, 1995-96.
• Assistant Professor of Economics, Moorhead State University, 1994-95.
• Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Economics, Washington University, 1993-4.
• Research Assistant for Douglass C. North, Department of Economics, Washington University, 1989-1992.
• Instructor, Department of Economics, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 1987- 1988.
• Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Commerce, Monmouth College, 1999 (while on personal leave from Mary Washington College).
Education• Ph.D. Economics, Washington University, 1995.
Dissertation: The Origins of Bankruptcy Law in the United States, 1789-1898.
• M.A. Economics, Washington University.
• M.Sc. Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1985. Thesis: Shifts in Economic Power in Iran: The Role of Opium, 1900-1955.
• B.A., Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, 1984.
Books• Bankrupt in America: A History of Consumers, Businesses, their Creditors, and the Law in the Twentieth Century. Under contract with University of Chicago Press. (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen).
• Institutions, Entrepreneurs and American Economic History: How The Farmers’ Loan and Trust Company Shaped the Laws of Business from 1822 to 1929. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
• The National Economy. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006.
Peer Reviewed Journal Publications• “The Historian’s Craft and Economics,” Journal of Institutional Economics 12 no.2 (2016):349-370.
• “A Failure of Regulation? Reinterpreting the Panic of 1907,” Business History Review 88 (Autumn 2014):545-569.
• “The Evolution of Garnishment and Wage Assignment Law in Illinois,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Essays in Economic and Business History 32 (May 2014):19-46.
• “Crisis and Bankruptcy: The Mediating Role of State Law, 1922-1932,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Journal of Economic History 72 (2012):440-460.
• “Constraining the state’s ability to employ force: the standing army debates, 1697-99,” (with Shawn Humphrey) Journal of Institutional Economics 6 (2010): 243-259.
• “Religion, Social Capital and Business Bankruptcy in the United States, 1921-1932” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Business History 50 (November 2008): 714-727.
• “The Role of Path Dependence in the Development of U.S. Bankruptcy Law, 1880-1938” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Journal of Institutional Economics 3 (August 2007): 203 225.
• “New Evidence on Race Discrimination Under ‘Separate But Equal’,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Essays in Economic and Business History 24(2006): 120-139.
• "An Economic Analysis of Adoption from Foster Care," (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Child Welfare 85 (May/June 2006): 559-83.
• "The Fable of the Allegory: The Wizard of Oz in Economics," The Journal of Economic Education 33 (Summer 2002): 254-63.
• "Learning To Tax: The Political Economy of the Opium Trade in Iran, 1921-1941," Journal of Economic History 61(March 2001):95-113.
• "The People's Welfare and the Origins of Corporate Reorganization: The Wabash Receivership Reconsidered," Business History Review 74 (Autumn 2000): 377-405. (Recipient of Newcomen-Harvard Special Award from Harvard Business School and the Newcomen Society.)
• "Commercial Associations and the Creation of a National Economy: The Demand for Federal Bankruptcy Law," Business History Review 72 (Spring 1998): 86-113.
• "The Political Economy of Bankruptcy: The Bankruptcy Act of 1898," Essays in Economic and Business History 15(1997):155-171.
Encyclopedia Entries• "Debt," in Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy, edited by Gwendolyn Mink and Alice O'Connor (2004).
• "Bankruptcy Law," in EH.NET's Online Encyclopedia of Economic History (Summer 2001).
Book Reviews• The History of Bankruptcy: Economic, social and cultural implications in early modern Europe (ed.) Thomas Max Safley. EH.Net.
• State Banking in Early America: A New Economic History by Howard Bodenhorn Eastern Economic Journal 32 (2006):189-90.
• Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America by Edward J. Balleisen . EH.net.
• Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in the America by David Skeel EH.net.
Other Publications “An Overview of Federal Adoption Policy Legislation,” (with Mary Hansen) published on line by the Center for Adoption Research (http://www.centerforadoptionresearch.org/default.asp?action=article&ID=139&CategoryID=26&CategoryName=Federal).
“Explaining Bankruptcy: An Analysis of State Bankruptcy Rates During the Great Depression,” (with Mary Hansen) The Newsletter of the Cliometric Society (Summer/Fall 2004).
"Commuter Work Force Skills Study for the Fredericksburg Region," Center for Economic Research, University of Mary Washington.
Work in Progress• “The Evolution of Financial Corporate Governance.”
• “The Effect of Federalization of Collection Law on Bankruptcy Rates.”
Grants and Awards• Shirley Van Epps Waple Professorship, University of Mary Washington, 2014-2016.
• Grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation to fund the course Economics of Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector. The grant provides $10,000 to be distributed by students in the class. The initial grant was for Fall 2005, but was extended every year through 2013. The proposal was coauthored with Robert Rycroft.
• Newcomen-Harvard Special Award from Harvard Business School and the Newcomen Society for "The People's Welfare and the Origins of Corporate Reorganization: The Wabash Receivership Reconsidered," Business History Review Autumn 2000.
• Arthur H. Cole Grant from the Economic History Association, for the project "A New Deal for Bankruptcy Law: The Political Economy of the Chandler Act." 2001-2002.
• Faculty Development Grant, Mary Washington College, for the project "Understanding Bankruptcy Law: Too Many Models, Too Little History." 2000-2001.
• NEH Summer Seminar Grant to participate in "The Industrial Revolution in Comparative Perspective" in Munich, Germany, 1997.
• Faculty Development Grant, Mary Washington College, for the project "The Gender Gap in Black and White: Teaching Salaries in Virginia, 1880-1920" 1997-1998.
• Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, Washington University, 1992-1993.
• University Fellowship, Washington University, 1988-1989.
Conference Presentations• “The Evolution of Garnishment and Wage Assignment Law in Illinois,” Economic and Business History Society, Baltimore, March 2013.
• “Business and Collection Law in Illinois,” Policy History Conference, Richmond, June 2012.
• “Business and Collection Law in Illinois,” Business History Conference, Philadelphia, March 2012.
• “Did Trust Company Depositors Panic in 1907?” Eastern Economic Association February 2010.
• “Why was the Bankruptcy Rate So Low During the Great Depression,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Eastern Economic Association February 2009.
• “Legal Rules and Bankruptcy Rates: Evidence From the States,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Eastern Economic Association, February 2007.
• “Legal Rules and Bankruptcy Rates: Evidence From the States,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Southern Economic Association, November 2006.
• “Explaining Bankruptcy: An Analysis of State Bankruptcy Rates During the Great Depression,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Allied Social Sciences Association, January 2005.
• “The Demand for Adoption: The Case of Children in Foster Care,” (with Mary Eschelbach Hansen) Eastern Economic Association, Washington D.C., 2004.
• "The Transformation of Bankruptcy in the United States," Conference on the Political Economy of Financial Markets, Princeton University, 2003.
• "The Transformation of Bankruptcy in the United States," Policy History Conference, St. Louis MO, 2002.
• "The Fable of the Allegory: The Wizard of Oz in Economics," Eastern Economic Association March 2001.
• "Race and Returns to Human Capital: Teaching Salaries in Virginia, 1906," Virginia Social Sciences Association March 2000.
• "The Public Interest Origins of Corporate Reorganization: The Wabash Receivership Reconsidered" presented at the Meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society 1999.
• "The Golden Age of Flexible Wages in the Old Dominion," Allied Social Sciences Association, 1997.
• "The Political Economy of Bankruptcy: The Bankruptcy Act of 1898," Economic and Business Historical Society, 1996.
• "The Political Economy of Economic Legislation in the Late Nineteenth Century" Midwest Economic Association, 1995.
Courses Taught• Principles of Microeconomics
• Principles of Macroeconomics
• American Economic History
• Intermediate Microeconomics
• Intermediate Macroeconomics (at Monmouth College)
• History of Economic Thought (at Washington University)
• Introduction to Economic Analysis
• Economic Development
• Comparative Economic Systems
• Law and Economics
• Industrial Economics
• Government and Business
• Money and Banking
• Managerial Economics for MBAs (at Minnesota State University – Moorhead)
College Service at the University of Mary Washington• Member of the Board, Center for Economic Research
• Chair, Department of Economics (2002-2011).
• Faculty Senator (2000-2003, 2004-05, and 2014-2016).
• Monroe Hall Renovation Committee (2006-07).
• General Education Revision Committee (2006-07).
• Faculty Organization Committee (1996-98, 1999-2000).
• CAS Curriculum Committee (2011- 2014, chair 2012-2013).
• University Curriculum Committee (2012-2013).
• Promotion and Tenure Appeals Committee (2009-2010).
• Economics Department Outcomes Assessment Coordinator.
• Executive in Residence Committee.
• Faculty Adviser to Pi Gamma Mu.
Referee Service• Economic Inquiry
• Journal of Economic Education
• Business History Review
• Sociological Forum
• International Review of Economic Education
• Law and History
• Southern Economic Journal
Updated April 29, 2016