Professor of Government, University of Texas
James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen, jr. Chair of Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin, and a professorship in Government. He is a Senior Scholar with the Levy Economics Institute, and Chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security, an international association of professional economists.
Galbraith is the author of seven books and several hundred scholarly and policy articles. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale (Ph.D. in Economics, 1981). He studied economics as a Marshall Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and later served on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including as Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee, before joining the faculty of the University of Texas. He held a Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Lectureship in China in the summer of 2001, and was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2003. His recent research has focused on the measurement and understanding of inequality in the world economy, while his policy writing ranges from monetary policy to the economics of warfare, with forays into politics and history.
His most recent book, “The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too” was published in August, 2008 by Free Press. “Unbearable Cost: Bush, Greenspan and the Economics of Empire,” was published by Palgrave-MacMillan in late 2006. Galbraith also writes a column for Mother Jones, and contributes to The American Prospect, the Nation, and the Texas Observer. He was widely identified as an adviser to the Obama campaign in the summer and fall of 2008.
Visit the web-site of the University of Texas Inequality Project for current research and an archive of published writings. Papers on macroeconomic topics can be found on the Levy web-site. The work of EPS is at www.epsusa.org. Information on The Predator State is at http://predatorstate.com.