Professor of Economics; Director of Sustainable Community Development Center
Dunton Hall 227
One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
Phone: 802-287-8256; Fax: 802-287-8080
Paul Hancock is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Sustainable Community Development at Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont. He has taught at Green Mountain College since 1990. Dr. Hancock served as chair of the Business and Economics department from 1996 until 2002. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. His dissertation was entitled Urban Housing Markets: A study of working class housing and capitalist production. His areas of teaching have included introductory and intermediate micro(macro)economics, comparative economic theory, history of economic thought, economic history, international trade, economics of the environment, literature as discovery, images of nature, dimensions of nature, economy and society, the Champlain Basin block course, principles of finance, principles of marketing and marketing research. His areas of research include labor history, history of economic thought, and migration theory. His current research involves the application of Immanuel Wallerstein's theories to an understanding of the political economy of the Caribbean migrant farm labor stream. Dr. Hancock believes that one must use ideas from development studies, trade theory, international finance, labor market theory, agricultural policy and migration theory to fully understand the migrant farm worker system that has been maintained for over sixty years. He serves on the board of the Horace Greeley Society. He is beginning work on a regional natural and human history guidebook as a project within the Center for Sustainable Community Development. His web page provides more information on the content and design of his courses.
Research and Publications
Hancock, Paul. Migrant Farm Workers and World Systems Theory (submitted for publication).
Hancock, Paul. (2003). The Autocratically Flexible Workplace: A review. Review of Radical of Political Economics (to be published fall 2003).
Hancock, Paul. (2000). Back to Arendt: David Harvey's Uncertain Foundation. Ethics, Place and Environment Review Forum 3 (1): 110-113.
Hancock, Paul. 2001. A History of Labor in the VT/NY Slate Industry. Journal of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History (NASSWCH). Vol. I, No. 2.
Hancock, Paul. 2000. "Labor in the Logging Industry: The Logger's Story." unpublished paper: Green Mountain College.
Hancock, Paul. 2001. "H-2A Workers in Vermont's Apple Orchards." unpublished paper: Green Mountain College.
Hancock, Paul 1984. Decentralization of Population and Employment in Pennsylvania. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Conference of Economists. June 1. Conference held at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.
Presentations and Professional Development
Eastern Economics Association Convention, February 24, 2001. "Migrant Agricultural Workers and the Law: The Case of Jamaican Workers in Vermont's Apple Orchards," Co-authored with Ruth Parlin, Green Mountain College.
Eastern Economics Association Convention, February 23, 2001. Session on Urbanomics and Growth. Discussant. New York.
Elder Hostel, Slate Valley Museum. Sept. 21, 2000. "Exploited Labor: Child Labor, Quarry Accidents, Silicosis, Sub-standard Wages and Quasi-indentured Servitude at the Castleton Railroad and Slate Co." Granville, N.Y.
NASSWCH conference. June 19, 2000. "The Weak Labor Movement in the Slatebelt: Some Tentative Explanations." Bryn Mawr College.
Eastern Economics Association Convention, March 21, 1998. "The Condition of the Laboring Classes in the Slate Quarries of Nineteenth Century Vermont." New York.
Eastern Economics Association Convention, March 20, 1995. "Are Non-Majors being Served? How Curricular Change and Learning Theory can inform Economics Teaching," New York, New York.
Eastern Economics Association Convention, March 19, 1994. Chaired a session on Teaching Methodologies in Economics. Boston.