David Hummels named interim dean of Krannert School

David Hummels, professor of economics at Purdue and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, was recently named interim dean of the Krannert School of Management.

David Hummels

Krannert economics professor and interim dean David Hummels

Hummels succeeds P. Christopher Earley, who stepped down on Sept. 4 to serve full time in his faculty appointment in Krannert’s Department of Management with a courtesy appointment in the College of Science’s Department of Psychological Sciences.

Hummels, who has a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan, joined Krannert in 2000 after serving on the faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is an award-winning teacher of international economics in undergraduate, MBA and PhD classrooms, and a frequent consultant to U.S. government and international agencies.

His research focuses on a broad range of issues in international trade, including offshoring, product differentiation, barriers to trade, and the broader impacts of aviation, infrastructure and trade facilitation on trade and economic development.

Hummels has published four books and more than 40 research articles in major economic journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

He also serves as associate editor of the Journal of International Economics and associate director of the Forum for Research on Empirical International Trade. He has worked as a consultant for and visiting scholar at a wide variety of central banks, development banks and policy institutes around the world, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

“David’s experience will be tremendously valuable as he guides the school through a national search for a new dean,” says Deba Dutta, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Dutta thanked Earley for his service to Krannert and the Purdue community.

“As dean, Chris helped launch the One-Year MBA for STEM Professionals, expanded international partnerships and accreditation, and placed a strong focus on the integration of business and STEM education,” Dutta says.

“His development efforts brought in scholarship funds, an endowed professorship and infrastructure support. Chris will remain part of our community and will continue to contribute meaningfully through his teaching, research and service as a professor in the School of Management.”