Jeffrey R. Campbell has been appointed the Frances D. Rasmus and Jerome A. Castellini Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. His appointment became effective at the start of the spring semester in 2021, after having served as a visiting professor in the department in the fall semester of 2019. Campbell comes to Notre Dame after a distinguished career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the University of Rochester. He received his PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 1995.
Campbell is a renowned economist whose work spans several fields. He has made important contributions to the fields of macroeconomics, industrial organization, and econometrics. Some of his more recent work has focused on the macroeconomic consequences of central bank forward guidance. Campbell’s work has been published in several of the leading journals in economics, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and the Journal of Monetary Economics. According to Ideas/RePEc, a bibliometric database for papers in economics, Campbell’s citations rank in the top-four percent of all living economists.
“I could not be more thrilled to welcome Jeff to the Notre Dame family,” said Eric Sims, Department Chair and Michael P. Grace II Professor of Economics. “Jeff is a deep thinker with a piercing intellect. He is one of the broadest economists I know. He also has a passion for teaching, and will soon be a favorite among our students. He is also committed to Notre Dame’s distinctive Catholic mission to be a force for good in the world. We are extremely lucky to have him on our faculty.”
“Working with Notre Dame’s graduate and undergraduate students makes me a better economist,” said Campbell. “Furthermore, Notre Dame’s principles are mine: follow the data wherever it leads and pursue research excellence by subjecting ideas to critical scrutiny while developing the people who create them. The economics department is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to many productive years of research and teaching here.”
Campbell was born in Trenton, Michigan and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He is married to Barb Cohen. Together, Barb and Jeff have two children, Carolyn (21) and Sarah (18).