Hans Despain

Hans Despain
Associate Professor of Economics / Economics Program Chair & Honors Scholar Program Chair



  • BA, Economics, University of Utah
  • PhD, Economics, University of Utah


Dr. Despain has been teaching for 19 years and taught at a number of universities before coming to Nichols, including Saint Joseph University in China and the University of Oslo in Norway.

Dr. Despain currently teaches the following courses:

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Prices and the Market System
  • Capitalism in Crisis

Research Interests

His research interests include Political Economy; Institutional Economic Theory; History of Economic Thought; and the Philosophy of Critical Realism. He has published approximately 70 articles in publications such as …

  • Journal of Economic Issue
  • Monthly Review
  • Science and Society
  • Past and Present
  • Journal of Critical Realism
  • Constitutional Political Economy

A number of his op/ed pieces have appeared in the:

  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette
  • Connecticut Post
  • Standard Times
  • The Sun
  • Northampton Gazette
  • The Republican
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Unemployment and Inflation
  • Labor Economics
  • Political Economy

Hobbies, Activities, etc.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing outside with his children.