Walter D. Bowles, Ph.D.

Title: Economist & Professor Emeritus
Company: American University
Location: Ventura, California, United States

Walter D. Bowles, Ph.D., Economist and Professor Emeritus at American University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics and higher education.

An esteemed figure in the fields of economics and higher education, Dr. Bowles amassed more than 40 years of professional excellence in his industry prior to his retirement in 1994. A professor of economics at American University from 1962 to 1994, he also served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1985 to 1989 and a professor of economics at the Graz Center in Austria from 1971 to 1973. Dr. Bowles has additionally served American University in several other capacities, including as a faculty member, chairman of the department of economics, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and vice president of academic affairs. He commenced his career as an editor of the Research Program on the USSR in the early 1950s.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Bowles was formerly an economist for the Overseas Development Council Project on U.S. and Soviet Aid in 1991 and a director of the African Seminars and the London Semester Program at American University in 1964 and 1991, respectively. Interested in helping to improve life on a material level since a young age, he has maintained affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including the American Association of University Professors, the American Economic Association, the Association for Comparative Economic Studies and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, Dr. Bowles holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Washington, a Master of Arts in economics from Columbia University, and a certificate in Soviet economy from the Russian Institute. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in economics from Columbia University in 1958. In recognition of his exceptional contributions to economics and higher education, Dr. Bowles has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.

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