Dr. Mike Kuehlwein received his B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College in 1980, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. in 1988. In the fall of 1987, he started teaching in the economics department at Pomona College, where he is now the George E. and Nancy O. Moss Professor of Economics. In 1991-92, he was a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. In 1998-99 he was a visiting professor at the University of California at Irvine. He has also taught at Claremont Graduate University.
Mike has taught courses in macroeconomics, statistics, money and banking, security valuation, and economic growth. His main original research area was theories of consumer spending and saving. Then he did work in economic history on the impact of railroads, telegraphs, and post offices on market integration in 19th-century British India. These days he’s studying the narrative approach to monetary policy.
He has won the Wig Distinguished Teaching Award at Pomona College six times. His service to Pomona College includes a stint as a faculty resident in a dormitory, chair of the Executive Committee and two terms as chair of the Economics Department.