Professor Charles Wheelan

Dartmouth College Department of Economics

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Charles Wheelan is a visiting professor at Dartmouth (his undergraduate alma mater) and a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He says of himself that he has an “irreverent approach to economics.”

Charles Wheelan was appointed as a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago in September of 2004. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, Wheelan was Director of Policy and Communications for Chicago Metropolis 2020, a business-backed civic group promoting healthy regional growth in the Chicago area.

From 1997 to 2002, Wheelan was the Midwest correspondent for The Economist. His story on America’s burgeoning ex-convict population was the August 10, 2002, cover story. He has written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

Wheelan’s first book, Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, was published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2002 in both the U.S. and the U.K. The book, an accessible and entertaining introduction to economics for lay readers, was released in paperback in September 2003 and is now being published in seven languages. He is also the author of a series of essays on Chicago that accompanied the photographs of renown landscape photographer Terry Evans in the book Revealing Chicago: An Aerial Portrait, which was published in the summer of 2005. He is currently working on a public policy textbook that will be published by W.W. Norton & Company.

An avid traveler, Wheelan has traveled around the world twice and lived for brief stints in London, Blois (France), Kuwait, and Kathmandu. In the summer of 2004, he traveled through China, Mongolia, and Siberia on the Trans-Mongolian Railroad with two of his three children. Wheelan holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Wheelan has been a frequent contributor to the Motley Fool Radio Show on National Public Radio and to the 848 program on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.

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