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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

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

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

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

“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.

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

“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, forthcoming 2019.

The End of Individualism and the Economy: Emerging Paradigms of Connections and Community.  Under contract with Routledge, 4/1/18; forthcoming 2020.

Selected Presentations

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

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

Harvard Law School conference on Money as a Democratic Medium.Money as a Social Institution: Historical Emergence and Political Implications.Cambridge, MA, 12/14/18.

Awards and Honors

Marist College Library Award for Scholarship and Service 2018