The Graduate School welcomes our new Dean and Associate Provost for Graduate Education Dr. Thomas D. Jeitschko. Dean Jeitschko was most recently Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the College of Social Science and Professor of Economics. He has also served as the Director of the American Economic Association Summer Program, an intensive, 2-month residential training program which prepares talented undergraduates for doctoral programs in economics and related disciplines with the aim of increasing diversity in the field. Thomas was instrumental in bringing that nationally recognized program to Michigan State.
Thomas holds an advanced degree in economics from the University of Münster in Germany with a specialization in Economic History and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1995 with a specialization in Mathematical Economics. His research interests are in applied economic theory with concentrations in industrial organization, law and economics, and micro-economics more broadly. He has published in a wide variety of journals, including the American Economic Review, the European Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Theory, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and the Journal of Industrial Economics; and he is an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the International Journal of Industrial Organization, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, in addition to holding several other editorial appointments.
Prior to his current appointment at MSU, Thomas has held faculty positions at Royal Holloway College, University of London and Texas A&M University, as well as shorter appointments at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown Universities, and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
Thomas has also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. as an Economist in the Antitrust Division where he was the lead economist on many investigations of mergers and potentially anti-competitive firm conduct. He has advised and consulted for States Attorneys General Offices throughout the U.S. concerning antitrust and consumer protection matters and has been retained by the U.S. Department of Justice as an expert.