Dustin 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, University of Montana; MA, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder
- At Vassar since 2015
Research and Academic Interests
- ECON 102. Introduction to Economics
In the Media
Choral Music, Old Factories, Taxes and Other Things
More than two dozen students collaborated with humanities faculty this summer in research projects under the auspices of Vassar’s Ford Scholar program.
Going Off the Rails
By the end of the 20th century, more than 100,000 miles of railroad track had been abandoned. What happened to communities where the railroads disappeared?
What Happened to 90 Million Acres of Native American Land?
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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