David Surdam

University of Northern Iowa, Professor of Economics

David Surdam received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. His dissertation, “Northern Naval Superiority and the Economics of the American Civil War,” was supervised by Nobel Prize winner, Robert Fogel.

Surdam has taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Loyola University of Chicago, and the University of Oregon. Since completion of his degree, he has had 18 articles and 8 books published.

His interest in using applied microeconomics to historical topics has resulted in publications concerning various economic issues of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the American Civil War.

His publications can be found in such journals as the Journal of Sports Economics, Naval War College Review, Louisiana History, Journal of Economic History, Agricultural History, Southern Economic Journal, and Journal of Economic Education, to name a few.

Surdam received the James F. Lubker Faculty Research Award in 2015. David joined the faculty at UNI in 2005.