Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Missouri–Kansas City
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
W. Robert Brazelton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics education.
Interested in public and economic affairs, Dr. Brazelton wanted to delve deeper into learning about these subjects. He earned a BA in economics from Dartmouth College in 1956 and matriculated at Oklahoma University, where he earned an MA in economics in 1960 and a Ph.D. in economics and finance in 1961. Following his graduation, Dr. Brazelton taught as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin in 1961 and as an assistant professor at Kansas State University from 1961 to 1963. He then took his talents to the University Missouri-Kansas City and taught as a full professor from 1963 until his retirement in 1999.
In addition to teaching economics, Dr. Brazelton served as an editor for the Southwestern Journal of Economic Abstracts from 1979-89 and as the editorial review board chairman for the Journal of Economics in 1988. For nearly five years, he was a member of the board of directors with Omicron Delta Epsilon, a fraternity in economics, and presently holds membership with the American Economic Association and the Missouri Valley Economic Association, which he served as president of in 1986. Furthermore, Dr. Brazelton was the president of the Central Slavic Association in 1985 and holds membership with the Midwest Economic Association, the Southwest Economic Association and the Association for Comparative Economics.
Dr. Brazelton is grateful for the mentors who motivated and inspired him. These mentors include Professor Louis Dow, Professor Cusick, and Leon H. Keyserling, who helped draft major pieces of the Fair Deal legislation and advised President Harry S. Truman as head of the Council of Economic Advisers. Mr. Keyserling’s work greatly inspired Dr. Brazelton, who considers studying his mentor’s work on shifting economic policy to be a career highlight. An additional highlight of Mr. Brazelton’s career was his research into post-Keynesyen economics and early works in Soviet economics.
Now retired, Dr. Brazelton is no longer on any boards and is more concerned with publishing. He published “Alternate Paradigm in Economics” in 1987, “U.S. Economic Policy: An Analytical Biography of Leon H. Keyserling” in 2001 and has contributed articles to professional journals, included a chapter in a Spanish book on economic policy called “Economica.” Dr. Brazelton enjoys traveling and has previously traveled to Italy, Albania, Europe and Yugoslavia, among other locations, to lecture. He has been featured in the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the West and advises the next generation of those aspiring to work in his profession to continue researching and keeping up with the current world problems so that they may contribute to solutions.
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