William Harris

Associate Professor of Economics,
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 416A Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1923


  • Ph.D., Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1979
  • M.A., Economics, University of Virginia, 1975
  • B.A. with Distinction, Economics, University of Virginia, 1971
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • "Intergenerational Redistribution Under Social Security," Humanomics, Vol.14, No. 1, January 1998.
  • Instructor's Resource Manual to accompany Principles of Economics by N. Gregory Mankiw, Dryden Press, 1997.

Awards & Honors

  • "Award-Winning Teacher-Scholar" featured in Successful College Teaching, 1998
  • University Excellence-in-Teaching Award, University of Delaware, 1997
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Award, University of Delaware, 1996
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Delaware, 1988, 1993


  • Public Finance
  • Microeconomics

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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