University of Arizona economist Price Fishback named regents professor

Economist Price Fishback has been awarded a regents professorship by the Arizona Board of Regents.

Fishback, an economic historian, is known for his research on various topics including the political economy of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s, the American economy during World War II, and changes in agriculture in response to climate, government policy, and technology.

His work has focused data-intensive analyses, including a book “Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930,” which demonstrated the critical role of collective bargaining in protecting laborers from exploitation.

A regents professorship is the highest faculty rank at the University of Arizona and consists of no more than 3% of the total number of the university’s tenured and tenure-track faculty members. They are awarded by the Arizona Board of Regents, which is the governing body of Arizona’s public university system.

Fishback is a research affiliate at the Center for Economic History at Australian National University, a CAGE Fellow at Warwick University, a program scholar for the Hoover Program on Regulation and the Rule of Law, a fellow at the TIAA-CREF Institute, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.