Historian and Associate Professor of History Christopher Tounsel recognized the lasting impact of UW Economics alumnus Andrew Brimmer in his latest book, "Bounds of Blackness: African Americans, Sudan, and the Politics of Solidarity.” Check out the full article on UW News.
Andrew Felton Brimmer, BA ’50, MA ’51, was the first African-American to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, under appointment by President Lyndon Johnson, from 1966 to 1974. Dr. Brimmer, who completed his PhD in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, attended UW on the G.I. Bill after serving at the rank of staff sergeant in the U.S. Army near the end of World War II. After many years of public service, during which he held a number of high-ranking posts in Washington, D.C. and taught at Harvard University, Dr. Brimmer passed away in late 2012, at the age of 86.
The Department of Economics continues to honor Dr. Brimmer's legacy with the Brimmer Endowed Professorship to support visiting professors, including Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University) and David Martimort (Toulouse School of Economics).