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Academic School

School of Management


Dyson 313




Ann E. Davis

Associate Professor of Economics


Prof. Davis regularly teaches Environmental Economics and International Economics, as well as the First Year Seminar.She served as the founding Director of the Marist College Bureau of Economics Research from 1990 -2005, where she published quarterly reports of the Hudson Valley economy and economic impact studies.She has also published in a range of academic journals on economic history and methodology, such as the Journal of Economic Issues, Science and Society, the Review for Radical Political Economics, and the Cambridge Journal of Economics, as well as numerous book chapters.She has served three terms as an elected board member of the Eastern Economic Association, three terms as an elected member of the Steering Committee for the Union for Radical Political Economics, and is active in other professional associations as well.She served as Director of the National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institute "Meanings of Property," in June 2014, with visiting leading scholars John Searle, Alan Ryan, and Mary Poovey. Her recent books include The Evolution of the Property Relation: Understanding Paradigms, Debates, and Prospects, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015, and Money as a Social Institution, Routledge, 2017.


BA, Barnard College, American Studies
MA, Northeastern University, Economics
PhD, Boston College, Economics

Research Interests/Areas of Focus

Ecology and sustainability; international political economy; economic history and history of economic thought; money and financial institutions

Selected Publications

Whole Earth: Beyond the Entitlement of the Property Owner, forthcoming 2022.

“Postone’s Legacy: Capitalism and Time.”  Accepted for publication in Critical Historical Studies, forthcoming 2022. 

“'It’s Humanity, Stupid'”: Values and the Definition of Public Good.” Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. LV, No. 2, June 2021, 382-387.

“Money as a Social Institution: Its Historical Emergence and Political Implications.” In Steven Pressman (ed.). How Social Forces Impact the Economy.  New York: Routledge, 2020, 81-96

The End of Individualism and the Economy: Emerging Paradigms of Connection and Community. Routledge.  February, 2020.

“Is there a History of Property?: Periodization of Property Regimes and Paradigms,” in Staci M. Zavatarro, Gregory Peterson, and Ann E. Davis (eds.). Exploring Property Rights in Contemporary Governance.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2019, 5 - 24.  ISBN 9781438472898 

Money as a Social Institution: The Institutional Development of Capitalism, Routledge, 2017.

“The Practical Utopia of Regional Ecological Community,” in Richard Westra, Robert Albritton, and Seongjin Jeong (eds.). Varieties of Alternative Economic Systems: Practical Utopias for an Age of Global Crisis and Austerity.  New York: Routledge, 2017.

“Paradoxical Positions: The Methodological Contributions of Feminist Scholarship,” Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2017. Vol. 41, No. 1, 181-201.

“Contested Continuity: Competing Explanations of the Evolution of the Corporate Form.” Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 50, No. 2, June 2016, 611-619.

The Evolution of the Property Relation: Understanding Paradigms, Debates, and Prospects.  Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.

Selected Presentations

Harvard Law School conference on Money as a Democratic Medium.Money as a Social Institution: Historical Emergence and Political Implications.Cambridge, MA, December 2018.

Association for Law, Property, and Society, “Public Trust as an Ecological Strategy” Maastricht, June 2018

Association for Social Economics, Money as a Social Institution,Fort Collins, June 2018

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research, Utrecht, The Netherlands.The Familial State, September 2017

Awards and Honors

Board of Directors of the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE)

Chair, Nominating Committee of the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE)

Marist College Library Award for Scholarship and Service 2018