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Roger L. Ransom
Distinguished Professor and Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor (2015-2016)
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1963

Areas of specialization: American economic history and 19th century U.S. history with an emphasis on the Civil War; 20th Century World History

(951) 827-1977

Curriculum Vitae


Roger Ransom came to UCR in 1968 and taught in the Economics department until 1984, when he moved to the History department. He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for 1988-89 and the Arthur Cole Award from the Economic History Association in 1986. In 2003 he was awarded the UCR Distinguished Teaching Award, and he was named as the Distinquished Humanist Acheivement Lecturer for 2005-06 by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society.

In 2004-05 Ransom was president of the Economic History Association. His presidential address, "War and Cliometrics: Adventures in Counterfactual History," was delivered at the Association's annual meeting in Toronto and published in the Journal of Economic History in 2006.

Ransom specializes in U.S. economic history and 19th Century U.S. history with an emphasis on the Civil War. His most recent book, The Confederate States of America: What Might Have Been, was published in 2006 by W.W. Norton. The book takes an innovative look at the meaning of the American Civil War by asking the question: What if the South had Won? He is currently working on a new book, Gambling on War: From Bismark to Bush.

Other works by Ransom include:

  • One Kind of Freedom: The Economic Consequences of Emancipation
  • Conflict and Compromise: The Political Economy of Slavery, Emancipation and the American Civil War
  • The Economics of the Civil War
  • War and Cliometrics