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Economist named international association president

Distinguished Professor first American elected president of international economic history association

(August 20, 2002)

Dr. Richard SutchRIVERSIDE, CA --- The University of California, Riverside announced today that economics professor Richard Sutch will be the first American to serve as president of the International Economic History Association. Sutch’s election was announced recently at IEHA’s 13th World Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Short of the Nobel Prize,” Sutch said, “this is the highest honor an economic historian can receive.” He is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at UC Riverside, and his American economics research spans a wide history.

The International Economic History Association, nearly 50 years old, develops and maintains personal contacts among economic and social historians of all countries. Its congress, held every four years, features the presentation of research results and the promotion of international cooperation in the study of economic history. Sutch will preside at the 14th World Congress in 2006 in Helsinki.

“Richard Sutch is a fine scholar and researcher, held in high regard by his colleagues in the executive committee and in the scholarly discipline worldwide,” said IEHA treasurer Christopher Lloyd, an economic history professor at University of New England in Australia. “He is a personable and generous man who will do much to continue and enhance the reputation and profile of the IEHA.”

“His election as president marks a milestone in the history of IEHA and places on Richard’s shoulders a major responsibility of guiding the organization into a new era of internationalism,” said colleague Jan de Vries from University of California, Berkeley. “Four years ago when the association faced something of a crisis of confidence in its old leadership, Richard succeeded in guiding the association toward a remodeled future while retaining the confidence of the ‘old guard’ leadership.”

Sutch remarked, “It is a major challenge to develop and sustain a truly international organization that includes scholars from all countries, including graduate students and individuals from countries without many resources. We are looking at ways to connect scholars and stimulate dialog using the Internet and other communication advances.”

Sutch came to UC Riverside in 1998 after a 30-year career at UC Berkeley, where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He is a past president of the American Economic History Association and also the director of UC Riverside’s Policy Studies Institute. Sutch is co-author of Reckoning with Slavery; One Kind of Freedom: The Economic Consequences of Emancipation; Economics and the Historian; and Economic and Social Impacts of Computing and Telecommunications.

An additional honor this year came to Sutch when Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level, selected him as one of its 16 Visiting Scholars for the 2002-2003 academic year.

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