Morton Schapiro


Member Since: 2017

Morton Schapiro began his term as the 16th president of Northwestern University on September 1, 2009. He is a Professor of Economics in Northwestern’s Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and also holds appointments in Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and School of Education and Social Policy. He is among the nation’s leading authorities on the economics of higher education, with particular expertise in the area of college financing and affordability and on trends in educational costs and student aid. In 2010 he was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. President Schapiro previously was president of Williams College from 2000 to 2009. Earlier he had served as a member of the Williams College faculty from 1980 to 1991, as Professor of Economics and as Assistant Provost. In 1991 he went to the University of Southern California where he served as Chair of the Department of Economics until 1994 and then as Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences until 2000. During his last two years as Dean, he also served as the University’s Vice President for Planning. He has written or co-authored more than 100 articles and nine books. These include: (with Michael McPherson) The Student Aid Game: Meeting Need and Rewarding Talent in American Higher Education (Princeton University Press 1998); and Keeping College Affordable: Government and Educational Opportunity (Brookings 1991). His newest book is Cents and Sensibility: What Economics Can Learn From the Humanities (with Gary Saul Morson, Princeton University Press 2017).

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