Robert G. Williams

Robert graduated Valedictorian from Shades Valley High School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1968. He received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1978. His work experience includes research economist for the Brookings Institution (1973-75), Guilford College Economics Department (1978-present), and Voehringer Professor of Economics (1993-present).

In 1986 Robert authored Export Agriculture and the Crisis in Central America, a book that came to be used as a text in more than fifty colleges and universities in the US, Canada, and Latin America. His book, States and Social Evolution: Coffee and the Rise of National Governments in Central America (1994), received acclaim from historians and social scientists, and in 1995 was awarded Honorable Mention for the Latin American Studies Association’s 1995 Bryce-Wood Award, that association’s book-of-the-year prize for publications on Latin America. Since 1995 his research attention turned to global financial markets.

Robert received the Guilford College Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986, and he has been a reviewer of scholarly manuscripts for Cornell University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, University of North Carolina Press, and Westview Press.

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