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Thomas Riddell earned a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from American University in Washington, D.C.
Riddell's research and teaching interests include U.S. and global public policy, particularly the economics of military spending and the environmental dimensions of global economic activity.
He is the co-author of a one-semester introductory economics textbook in its fifth edition, and is currently working on a full-year introductory economics textbook and a research project on the conversion of the Northampton State Hospital.
Riddell is currently dean of the first year class.