James Hartley

Professor of Economics
Specialization: 
Macroeconomics, Business Cycles, Money and Banking, the Great Books of Western Civilization

James Hartley is Professor and Chair of Economics at Mount Holyoke College, where he teaches Macroeconomic Theory, Money and Banking, and Principles of Economics among other economics courses.  Outside of the Economics Department, he has also taught multiple courses using the Great Books, including “Western Civilization: An Introduction Through the Great Books,” “Leadership and the Liberal Arts,” “Is Business Moral?” (developed with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities), and numerous tutorials and reading groups on the Western Canon.  

A California native, he earned his B.A., M.A, and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Davis. In 2001, he spent six months as a Fulbright Fellow in Kolkata, India, and returned to India a second time for six months in 2006 as a visiting professor at IISWBM (India’s oldest business school) and giving talks throughout in Northeastern India in events organized by the US Consulate.  

He has served as the Interim Executive Director of Mount Holyoke’s Professional and Graduate Education division, the Director of First Year Seminars, a member of the Advisory Committee on Appointments, Reappointments, and Promotion, and the Chair of the Economics Department.  He received the Mount Holyoke College faculty Award for Teaching and his publications include The Representative Agent in Macroeconomics, Real Business Cycles: A Reader (co-edited with Kevin Hoover and Kevin Salyer), and Mary Lyon: Documents and Writings.

Recent Campus News

New grants to Mount Holyoke and its faculty.

Mount Holyoke College and its professors received several grants and fellowships between November 2015 and March 2016.

Photo of the top of the Mount Holyoke gate with fall leaves surrounding it

Four MHC professors receive faculty awards.

Professors in physics, French, history, and economics were honored with faculty awards for their outstanding research and teaching at Mount Holyoke College.

New grants to Mount Holyoke and its faculty.

Mount Holyoke College and its professors received numerous grants and fellowships between May and October 2015.