Dr. Thomas D. Jeitschko, Dean and Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Thomas D. Jeitschko is a professor of economics who serves as the Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School. He supports the graduate students and postdocs of Michigan State University and oversees and supports the Masters, Professional and Ph.D. programs across the fourteen graduate degree granting colleges.
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. He first joined MSU in 2001 and has taught graduate courses and served on Ph.D. committees in the College of Social Science, the Business College, the College of Law, the College of Engineering, and the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. 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.
Thomas previously served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Social Science where he is a Professor of Economics and was the Director of the American Economic Association Summer Program; a two-month intensive pre-doctoral residential program that prepares talented undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds for graduate work in economics and related fields. 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 anticompetitive 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.