Arizona Board of Regents Confirms Price Fishback as UArizona Regents Professor

April 24, 2023

The Arizona Board of Regents voted Friday to confirm the appointment of Price Fishback, APS Professor of Economics in the Eller College of Management, as Regents Professors. Fishback is one of five UArizona faculty members whom the Arizona Board of Regents voted to confirm, at their meeting on Friday.

The highest faculty rank of Regents Professor is reserved for full professors whose exceptional achievements merit national and international distinction. Regents Professor appointments are limited to no more than 3% of the total number of the university's tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

Fishback is an economic historian whose research focuses on topics including the political economy of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1930s, the American economy during World War II and changes in agriculture in response to climate, government policy and technology. His work is known for its methodology, especially data-intensive analyses, and has appeared in many peer-reviewed articles, literature surveys and books. 


Fishback's research on coal miners, published in the book "Soft Coal, Hard Choices: The Economic Welfare of Bituminous Coal Miners, 1890-1930," showed that collective bargaining was critical to protecting laborers from exploitation. Another award-winning book, "A Prelude to the Welfare State," which Fishback wrote with Shawn Kanter, showed how employers, workers and insurers often all benefit from workers' compensation systems. And Fishback's literature survey on Progressive Era policies, published in the Journal of Economic Literature in 2000, showed that support for reforms by progressive employers contributed to new labor laws proposed by laborers.

Fishback is also a research affiliate at the Center for Economic History at Australian National University, a CAGE Fellow at Warwick University, a program scholar for the Hoover Program on Regulation and the Rule of Law, a fellow at the TIAA-CREF Institute and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.


version of this article originally appeared on the University of Arizona news page. It was written by University Communications.