Gerald Gunderson, is the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of American Business and Economic Enterprise, and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, positions he assumed in 1982. He holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of Washington, 1967, with a thesis in economic history supervised by Douglas North, Nobel Laureate. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, and North Carolina State University.
Professor Gunderson has published numerous academic papers, including studies of the cause of the American Civil War. the demise of the Roman Empire, and models of entrepreneurship. He has authored columns in more than 20 newspapers in the United States, including the Wall Street Journal, and he has worked with national professional associations concerning entrepreneurship, economic and business history, private enterprise systems, economic education, and public policies. He served as President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, and is now Editor of The Journal of Private Enterprise.
Dr. Gunderson was a founding member and is a member of the Executive Board as well as the Director of the Academic Advisory Board for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy Studies. In 1980 he received the Freedom Foundation's award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. He was appointed by the Governor to the Educational Improvement Panel in Connecticut to develop solutions to poor public schooling.
Dr. Gunderson is the author of The New Economic History of America and The Wealth Creators: An Entrepreneurial History of the United States, which Peter Druker, the mentor of modern management, described as “brilliant.” Currently, he is completing a book analyzing the role of entrepreneurship in the global economy, Entrepreneurship for Smarties: How the World is Changed.