David Surdam

David Surdam
  • Discipline: Associate Professor of Economics
  • Organization: University of Northern Iowa


David Surdam is assistant professor of economics at the University of Northern Iowa. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the economics of the American Civil War under Nobel Prize laureate Robert Fogel at the University of Chicago.

Professor Surdam recently published Northern Naval Superiority and the Economics of the American Civil War (University of South Carolina, 2001). The economics of professional sports is his new research area. He enjoys reading about the follies of government regulation - although he is sometimes more annoyed than amused - and he is enchanted by popular culture, the lower the brow, the better.

Prior to teaching at UNI, Prof. Surdam was adjunct associate professor of economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and assistant professor of economics at Loyola University of Chicago.


Humane Studies Review Works

  • Feature Essay - "A House Dividing: Economic Development in Pennsylvania and Virginia Before the Civil War by John Majewski," by David Surdam