- Carthage College
For over four decades, Professor Schlack focused his teaching and research interests in the fields of urban and regional economics, international political economy, and institutional economics. Additionally, he developed and taught courses in environmental economics, econometrics, and cultural economics. He received a Fulbright award to teach for a semester in Sophia, Bulgaria, early in that county’s transition from a centrally planned to a market-based economy, returning for shorter periods of research and lecturing in subsequent years with support from other granting agencies. In addition to this work, he helped lead J-Term study tours to Eastern Europe, Latin America, and China. He also attended a summer course for teaching faculty in Amsterdam on cultural economics. Prior to his graduate study he served for two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Peru.
Professor Schlack’s work has been published in the Journal of Economic Issues, most notably, “Urban Economies and Economic Heterodoxy” (1990) and “Economic Change in the People’s Republic of China: An Institutionalist Approach” (1989), with both selected for abstracting in The Journal of Economic Literature. Other published research in the JEI includes “Economies in Transition: Hypotheses Toward a Reasonable Economics” (1996); “Going to Market in Bulgaria” (1993); and “Plant Closings: A Community’s Bill of Rights” (1991).
In addition to the Fulbright award and faculty grants from Carthage, his work has been supported by a half dozen other agencies including the National Council on Economic Education, the Lilly Endowment, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. He also received support for his graduate studies as recipient of a three-year fellowship through the National Defense Education Act and a Resources for the Future dissertation grant.
Professor Schlack earned his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University. He joined the Carthage faculty in 1975.
Professor Robert Schlack specializes in international political economy, urban and regional economics, institutional economics, and economies in transition. He teaches courses in environmental economics, regional and urban economies, and international trade.
Professor Emeritus of Economics
- Ph.D., M.A. — Wayne State University
- B.A. — University of Michigan