Art Goldsmith Adjunct Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8970


Office: 212 Huntley Hall

Areas of Expertise/Classes Taught

Poverty Seminar


BS, University of Bridgeport

MA, University of Illinois

PhD, University of Illinois


Art Goldsmith is the Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University. In the spring of 2022, he teaches the Poverty Seminar as a member of the adjunct faculty at W&L Law.

Professor Goldsmith joined the W&L faculty in 1990 after teaching previously at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Connecticut in Storrs. In addition to regularly teaching courses on the Economics of Social Issues, The 4th Industrial Revolution and the Future of Work and Society, the Principles of Economics, and the Economics of Race, he has also taught courses on Behavior Economics, the Bell Curve, and Economic Themes in Literature and Film. Many of the courses he leads incorporate service learning and virtually all of them are interdisciplinary oriented since they draw on insights from other disciplines to foster a deeper understanding of the topics explored. A global perspective is emphasized in his teaching.

Professor Goldsmith's research combines insights from economics, psychology, sociology, and history to explore questions regarding wages, employment, unemployment, psychological well-being, access to health-care, educational accumulation, and the link between children's well-being and subsequent life outcomes. He has published articles in a number of the professions leading journals including: the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Human Resources, Economic Inquiry, the Southern Economic Journal, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the Review of Economics of the Household. Grants from the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have supported his work. Professor Goldsmith has served as President of the Southern Economics Association. He has served on the editorial board of the Review of Black Political Economy, Behavioral Economics, The Journal of Economic Psychology, and The Journal of Socio-Economics.