Dennis Sullivan

Senior Director, Professor of Economics Emeriti

Office of the Dean & Economics


Academic Background

  • Ph.D. Princeton University, 1975
  • M.A. Princeton University, 1970
  • B.A. Williams College, 1967

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Senior Director, Richard T. Farmer School of Business (2007-)
  • Director of International Business Programs, Miami University (1997–2002).
  • Professor, Miami University (1986–Present).
  • Visiting Scholar, Syracuse University (1996–1997).
  • Chair, Economics Department, Miami University (1988–1992).
  • Associate Professor, Miami University (1979–1986).
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University (1982–1983).
  • Assistant Professor, Miami University (1975–1979).
  • Instructor, Miami University (1973–1975).
  • Cost Analyst, U.S. Air Force (1970–1972).
  • Research Assistant, United Nations (1965–1966).

Recent Publications

  • Bronchetti, E. T. & Sullivan, D. H. (2004). Income Packages of Households with Children: a Cross-National Correlation Analysis. Socio-Economic Review, 2 (2), 315-339.
  • Sullivan, D. H. & Smeeding, T. (1997). Educational Attainment and Earnings Inequality in Eight Nations. International Journal of Educational Research.
  • Sullivan, D. H. & Ziegert, A. L. (1991). Simultaneous Determination of Intra-Urban Location and Labor Supply. Land Economics.
  • Sullivan, D. H. & Erekson, O. H. (1988). A Cross-Section Analysis of IRS Auditing. National Tax Journal.
  • Sullivan, D. H. & Newman, R. J. (1988). Econometric Analyses of Business Tax Impacts on Location: What Do We Know, and How Do We Know It. Journal of Urban Economics.
  • Sullivan, D. H. (1982). Concepts and Language of Economics (a study guide) Richard D. Irwin.

Honors & Awards

  • 2005: Miami University Alumni Association Effective Educator of the Year.
  • 2001: Associated Student Government Outstanding Professor of the Year.

Areas of Expertise

  • Poverty economics
  • Public economics
  • Urban economics


Dennis Sullivan livens up his classes with topical folksongs demonstrating the kind of zest for teaching that helped him earn teaching awards from Miami University Student Government and the School of Business.

Professor Sullivan began his career at Miami after doctoral work at Princeton University. At Miami he has taught at every level, from first-year through graduate students. He has also taught International Economics and International Business in Oxford, at Miami’s Luxembourg campus, and in several summer study-abroad programs.

Professor Sullivan’s publications cover a range of topics, including the Food Stamp program, the homeowner deduction of the income tax, the effect of taxes on business location, and international comparisons of the relative incomes of children and the elderly.


Dennis Sullivan

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