Dr. Douglas Puffert

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Dr. Douglas Puffert

Visiting Distinguished Professor of Economics

  • Tenure at King's: Jan. 2007 to 2013; Visiting since 2014

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  • Ph.D. Economics

    Stanford University, 1991

  • Diploma in Christian Studies

    Regent College (Vancouver), 1982

  • B.A. Economics and B.A. History

    University of Washington, 1981

"What drew me to King's, and what keeps drawing me now, is the treatment of economics in the context of politics, philosophy, theology, and cultural engagement."

Dr. Douglas Puffert received his doctorate at Stanford University, and he has taught at major universities in the United States, England, and Germany. He has also consulted for the World Bank and worked for the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington. Puffert has been an invited speaker at academic conferences in eight countries on three continents.

Puffert has published in such leading journals as the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, and the National Tax Journal. His articles have been frequently cited, and he has written chapters for eight scholarly books. As a recognized expert in the economic theory of “path dependence,” he has been invited to write articles in leading reference works. His book, which applies this theory to the history of standards for railway track gauge, will become a “classic case study,” according to one reviewer, and it is “rigorously analytical, but the analysis never stands in the way of a good story,” according to another.

Puffert is a member in the Association of Christian Economists and a contributor to its journal, Faith and Economics. In his free time, Dr. Puffert enjoys reading a wide variety of literature, listening to Bach, swimming, cycling, hiking, and occasionally writing poetry.

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