Center for Social Policy

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Faculty & Staff

photo of Arthur MacEwan

Arthur MacEwan, PhD

  • Senior Research Fellow, Center for Social Policy Professor Emeritus of Economics, College of Liberal Arts
  • Telephone: 617.287.6950

Areas of Expertise

Inequality and Poverty, Economic Development, Macroeconomics, Economics of Education, International Affairs


PhD, Harvard University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

MacEwan taught at UMass Boston from 1975 to 2008 and is now professor emeritus in the Department of Economics. His range of courses included those on economic development, macroeconomics, the economics of education, Latin America, economic history and Marxist economics.

His most recent book (above) focuses on the financial crisis and the Great Recession in the United States. His earlier books dealt with issues of international development—for example: Neo-liberalism or Democracy? Economic Strategy, Markets and Alternatives for the 21st Century (1999) and Debt and Disorder: International Economic Instability and U.S. Imperial Decline (1992). In addition to his scholarly work, Professor MacEwan writes regularly for Dollars & Sense magazine.
During 2001-2002, Professor MacEwan was the university's interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs; he served three separate terms as chairperson of the Department of Economics; and in the 1990s and 2000s, he held positions as vice president, grievance officer and president of the Faculty Staff Union at UMass Boston.

After his retirement from teaching, Professor MacEwan has continued his work as a senior fellow at UMass Boston’s Center for Social Policy and as a research economist at UMass Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute. In January 2015, he assumed the role of interim director of the center when Donna Haig Friedman stepped down.