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Ranjit Dighe

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Department Chair

Contact Information

416 Mahar Hall
[email protected]
Ranjit's website

Office hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: 1:00PM to 2:00PM (in-person and Zoom)
  • and by appointment


  • The political economy of anti-immigration legislation
  • The political economy of alcohol prohibition and production

Fields of concentration:

  • American economic history
  • macro and monetary economics


  • Business Week and the Coming of Keynesianism to America.” Research in Economic History 35: 25-57 (2019).
  • “A Taste for Temperance: How American Beer Got to Be So Bland.” Chapter 1 (pp. 17-48) of The History of the Beer and Brewing Industry, edited by Ignazio Cabras and David M. Higgins, 

    New York: Routledge, 2017. Also published in Business History 38(5): 752-784 (July 2016).

  • The Historian’s Huck Finn: Reading Mark Twain’s Masterpiece as Social and Economic History. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood/Praeger, 2016.
  • “Saving Private Capitalism: The U.S. Bank Holiday of 1933.” Essays in Economic and Business History29: 41-57 (2011).
  • “Pierre S. du Pont and the Making of an Anti-Prohibition Activist.” Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 24(2): 97-118 (Summer 2010).
  • “Did U.S. Wages Become Stickier Between the World Wars?” (with Elizabeth Dunne Schmitt). The North American Journal of Economics and Finance 21(2): 165-181 (August 2010. “Special Issue: 50 Years of the Phillips Curve”).
  • “The U.S. Business Press and Prohibition.” Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 22(2): 6-20 (Spring 2008).
  • “The Fable of the Allegory: The Wizard of Oz in Economics: Comment.”  Journal of Economic Education 38(3): 318-24 (Summer 2007).
  • “Reversal of Fortune: The Rockefellers and the Decline of Business Support for Prohibition.”  Essays in Economic and Business History 24 (2006).  Also presented at Economic and Business Historical Society conference, April 2005.
  • "Efficiency Wages, Insiders and Outsiders, and the Great Depression," Essays in Economic and Business History 21 (2003).  Also presented at Eastern Economic Association conference, March 2002, and Economic and Business Historical Society conference, April 2002.
  • The Historian's Wizard of Oz:  Reading L. Frank Baum's Classic as a Political and Monetary Allegory.  Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2002.
  • "Oz, Populism, and Intent," Essays in Economic and Business History 20 (2002).  Also presented at Economic and Business Historical Society conference, April 2001.
  • "Wage Rigidity in the Great Depression: Truth? Consequences?" Research in Economic History 17 (1997).


  • “Dry Oases: Local Prohibitions of Alcohol in Montgomery County,” Kensington Historical Society, Kensington, MD, March 10, 2020; and Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce, Wheaton, MD, March 11, 2020.
  • “Huck Finn as American Economic History,” Middlebury College Economics Department Seminar, November 30, 2018.
  • “Canals and American Economic Development,” H. Lee White Maritime Museum, Oswego, NY, September 8, 2018, and September 21, 2019.
  • “Inequality and Perceptions of Fairness,” SUNY Oswego (invited by P2P and Counseling Services Center), September 23, 2013.
  • Business Week and the Coming of Keynesianism to America,” Oberlin College Economics Seminar Series, March 2012.
  • “Reading L. Frank Baum's Classic as a Political and Monetary Allegory,” WestportREADS 2008, Westport Public Library, Westport, CT, March 2008.
  • “Six Degrees of L. Frank Baum,” in “A New Look at Oz” panel, The Wonderful Weekend of Oz, Fayetteville, NY, October 2007.
  • "Silver Shoes on a Yellow Brick Road:  Was 'The Wizard of Oz' Really About Politics and Economics?", Syracuse Stage, December 2003, and LeMoyne College, September 2004.
  • Book presentation: The Historian’s Wizard of Oz, Lunchtime at the Library series, Friends of the Library, Oswego, NY, 2002.

Awards and honors 

  • Nominated for President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2021
  • President of Economic and Business History Society, 2012-2013
  • Hagley Museum and Library Grants-in-Aid, 2004 and 2005
  • Rockefeller Archive Center Grant-in-Aid, 2004
  • Chair of SUNY Oswego Department of Economics (elected twice), 2010-2016
  • Promotion to Full Professor, 2009
  • Promotion to Associate Professor with tenure, 2003
  • SUNY Oswego Faculty International Travel Grants, 2007, 2008, 2018, 2019
  • SUNY Oswego Joint Labor/Management Committee for the Individual Development Award Program grant, 2015
  • SUNY Oswego Joint Labor/Management Committee for Professional Development and Quality of Work Life grant, 2005
  • SUNY Oswego Faculty Enhancement Grants, 1999 (course development), 2004 (research)
  • SUNY Oswego Discretionary Salary Increases/Awards, annual, 1998- (every year I applied)


Ph.D., economics, Yale University, 1998
BA, Honors in economics, Oberlin College, 1987