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Curriculum Vitae


Abu Rizvi joined Lafayette College as provost in 2015 and has been teaching in the economics department since 2020. Prior to joining Lafayette, he was an economics professor, department chair, and dean of the honors college at the University of Vermont.

Professor Rizvi offers courses on democratic change, markets and democracy, justice and the economy, and principles of economics. He has taught courses on educating for democratic engagement (at the University of Pennsylvania) and on ethics, welfare and well-being, game theory, microeconomics, and statistical methods (at the University of Vermont).

His research focuses on democracy and higher education; the relation of social justice to economics; poverty, preference, and well-being; and the history and method of economic theory. He is the author (with David P. Levine) of Poverty, Wealth, and Freedom: Political Economy and the Moral Order (Cambridge U.P., 2005). His articles have appeared in such journals as Cambridge Journal of Economics, History of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Methodology, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Ecological Economics.

He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He has also served on the boards of the Hugh Moore Historical Park and the Fleming Museum of Art.

Courses Taught
Economics 101: Principles of Economics
Economics 205: Markets and Democracy
Economics 409: Justice and the Economy
First Year Seminar 017: Making Change Democratically