David Eric "Eric" Schansberg (born March 19, 1965) is a professor of economics at Indiana University Southeast, an author, and a two-time Libertarian candidate for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District.
Schansberg was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He also lived in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Malone, New York, and Fairfax, Virginia—where he attended Chantilly High School and graduated from Robinson Secondary School. He attended George Mason University and graduated in 1986 with a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Economics. Working his way through school, he held jobs at McDonald's and Safeway.
Schansberg went to Texas A&M University to continue the study of economics, earning a Ph.D. in 1991. He earned fields in Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics. His dissertation was on congressional labor markets, focusing on the determinants of congressional tenure and term limits. After teaching as a visiting professor at Texas A&M in 1991–92, Schansberg returned to Louisville to teach economics at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN.
In 1995, Schansberg married Tonia Baker. In 1998, anticipating the adoption of their first son, they built a house in Jeffersonville, Indiana. They have four boys— two by adoption and two by pregnancy.
Schansberg was promoted to associate professor in 1997, earned tenure in 1998, and was promoted to (full) professor in 2000. He was chosen for membership in FACET in 2003–Indiana University’s Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. Schansberg was also Distinguished Visiting Professor at The King’s College (in New York City) in 2005–06. Schansberg has been involved in campus leadership—as a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, as coordinator of Economics, Finance and Statistics within the School of Business, and as chair of numerous committees. Since 1999, Schansberg has been on the board of Brandon’s House,a non-profit organization that provides masters-level counseling for teens and their parents.