Dustin D. Frye

Assistant Professor of Economics

Dustin Frye is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Vassar College. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2015. Professor Frye’s primary research interests are in urban economics, development economics, and economic history. His current work considers two general themes: the importance of transportation networks for location choices of individuals and firms, and the role of institutions on economic development across Native American reservations.

Professor Frye teaches courses in Urban Economics and the Development of the American Economy.


BA, The University of Montana; MA, PhD, University of Colorado
At Vassar since 2015


Blodgett Hall
Box 76

Research and Academic Interests

Regional Development
Transportation Networks
Native American Development


ECON 102 Introduction to Economics
ECON 318 Urban and Regional Economics
URBS 318 Urban and Regional Economics

In the Media

Ford Scholars

As a result of the Dawes Act of 1887, 90 million acres of Native American reservation lands in the West were sold to non-Indians. Ford scholar Courtney Geiss ’18 is researching federal records to study the role played by the federal agents who enforced the law.


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