Charles P. Staelin

Professor of Economics

Charles Staelin

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2020
Wednesday 12:00-1:00 p.m., Thursday 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Seelye Hall 415



Ph.D., M.S., B.A., University of Michigan


Charles Staelin received his undergraduate and graduate degrees, in Physics and Economics, respectively, at the University of Michigan, and then taught at Michigan and Amherst College before coming to Smith in 1981. Over the years, his research and teaching have shifted from a concentration on the development of the Global South, to an investigation of the theory of international trade and commercial policy under conditions of imperfect competition, product differentiation, factor mobility and transportation costs. Economic geography plays an important role in his work and his approach to this topic is largely based in the tools of computational economics, especially those of agent-based modeling. Staelin retains his early interest in South Asia and teaches courses in international trade, law and economics and Intermediate Microeconomics. He also serves on the Program in Statistical and Data Sciences.