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Tom Riddell

Interim Dean of the Junior Class & Professor Emeritus of Economics

Tom Riddell


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Tom Riddell is interim dean of the junior class. He is professor emeritus of economics and American studies and previously served as the dean of the first-year class and the associate dean of the college. On occasion, he has returned to the class deans office as an acting or interim dean of every class except the seniors.

Dean Riddell was a co-author of a popular, alternative introductory textbook, Economics: A Tool for Critically Understanding Society, which was published in nine editions over a 30-year time period. The economics of military spending was an early focus of his research and writing, and his teaching at Smith included an American Studies senior seminar focused on The Great Depression. Tom Riddell was also instrumental in the creation, direction and teaching of the IDP 102 Thinking Through Race course. More recently, he frequently taught a First-Year Seminar on The Evolution and Transformation of the Northampton State Hospital. Student involvement in this course led to the creation of A Walking Tour of Hospital Hill at Village Hill, Smith’s neighbor above the playing fields.

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Office Hours

Dean Riddell offers walk-ins and short, self-scheduled 15-minute appointments on the following days (all times Eastern). To schedule an appointment, please fill out this Google form, or visit Dean Riddell during his walk-in hour:

Monday: walk-in from 3 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday: short appointments from 11 a.m. to noon.

Wednesday: short appointments from 1 to 2 p.m.

Please see Announcements for any special changes to the above hours.


Ph.D., American University
B.A., Swarthmore College