Stephen Meardon

Affiliation: Economics
Associate Professor of Economics

Stephen Meardon teaches courses on the history of economics, international trade, U.S.-Latin America commercial relations, and macroeconomics.  He completed his Ph.D. at Duke University in 1999, then taught at Williams, Bowdoin, and Bowling Green State University, and worked at the Inter-American Development Bank.  He spent semesters or longer as Fulbright scholar and lecturer at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia; senior research fellow at the Center for the History of Political Economy, Duke University; visiting professor at the Universidad EAFIT, Medellín, Colombia; and Fulbright U.S. Studies Chair at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico. From 2017 to 2020 he directed the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at Texas A&M International University. From 2013 to 2018 he edited the Journal of the History of Economic Thought. Much of his research is on doctrines and policies of free trade and protection in American history. Recent work concerns the connections between late 19th century American political economy and the genre of American literary realism; also the development of ideas and policy concerning “dumping” in U.S. international trade during the 1920s and 30s. 

Prof. Meardon has some extracurricular interests. He played soccer at Bowdoin with Coach Gilbride and has been faculty advisor to the team under Coach Wiercinski. He was 2019 USTA men’s singles national tennis champion in the lowest competitive skill rating. Other interests include wine, dogs, yoga, upland game bird hunting, sauna design, ping pong, motorcycle riding, and more under development.

See Stephen Meardon’s published writings under his ORCID: 


  • PhD, Duke University
  • MA, Duke University
  • AB, Bowdoin