University of Vermont

The Honors College

S. Abu Turab Rizvi

Abu Rizvi

Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Economics

Areas of expertise

Microeconomics, Microfoundations, Poverty, Well-being and the Economy, History of Economic Thought

Contact information

Email: Abu Rizvi
Telephone: (802) 656-9100
Office: Honors College, 50 University Heights, Burlington, VT 05405
Office Hours:by appointment: contact Tina Griffis


In the Honors College, Dean Rizvi has taught seminars for first-year students on different approaches to knowledge and on ethics. His teaching in economics has included courses on microeconomics, the relation between well-being and the economy, economic methods and game theory.


Rizvi's research concerns general equilibrium and game theories and their history, as well as the study of poverty, well-being and preference. . His recent scholarship includes:

  • "Exchange Value and Utility." In Neri Salvadori and Heinz Kurz, eds., Elgar Companion to David Ricardo (Northampton, MA: Edward Elear, forthcoming).
  • "On the Microfoundations of Macroeconomics." In Geoffrey C. Harcourt and Peter Kriesler, eds., Oxford Handbook of Post-Keynesian Economics, Volume 2: Critiques and Methodology (Oxford, 2013), pp. 45-61.
  • "Aumann and Schelling: Two Approaches to Game Theory." In Steven Pressman, ed., Leading Contemporary Economists (Routledge, 2009), pp. 366-387. read article
  • "Aumman's and Schelling's Game Theory: The Nobel Prize in Economic Science, 2005." Review of Political Economy (2007), vol. 19, pp. 297-316. read article
  • "Quality of Life: An Approach Integrating Opportunities, Human Needs, and Subjective Well-Being" (with Robert Costanza, Brendan Fisher, and others). Ecological Economics (2007), vol. 61, pp. 267-276. [Minor personal contribution but arising from an Honors College Faculty Seminar.] read article
  • "The Sonnenschein-Mantel-Debreu Results after 30 Years." History of Political Economy (2006), vol. 38 (Suppl. 1), pp. 213-227. read article
  • "Experimentation, General Equilibrium and Games." In Philippe Fontaine and Robert J. Leonard, eds., The Experiment in the History of Economics (Routledge, 2005), pp. 50-70.
  • Poverty, Work and Freedom: Political Economy and the Moral Order, with David P. Levine (Cambridge University Press, 2005). read book description

Administration and Service

Rizvi's administrative experience at the University of Vermont includes the following positions:

  • Dean, Honors College, July 2008-present
  • Special Assistant to the Provost, 2012-2013.
  • Interim Dean, Honors College, 2007-2008
  • Associate Dean, Honors College, 2005-2007
  • Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 2001-2003
  • Chair or Interim Chair, Dept. of Economics, 1995-2001

In addition to duties in the Honors College, Rizvi served on the Board of Advisors for two University entities, the Fleming Museum and Continuing Education.

In the course of administrative work, he has prepared the following reports.

  • "Preparing for Life After Work: A Career Success Action Plan." January 2013
  • "Reinvigorating the Humanities Center at UVM' (with Andrew Barnaby, Melanie Gustafson, David Jenemann and Bob Taylor), January 2012.
  • "Defending Honors Education Against the Charge of Elitism." October 2009.
  • "Recruiting for Diversity in the Honors College." July 2006.
  • "Building Intellectual Community in the First Year: the Experience of STEP in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Vermont." September 2003.
  • "Retention of Students in the College of Arts and Sciences." March 2003.
  • "Report of the Pilot Assessment Project in Economics: Assessment of Student Outcomes" (with Jane Knodell). October 2000. Short version in Bobby G. Dudley, ed., Twelfth Annual Conference on Teaching Economics (Irwin McGraw-Hill, 2001), pp. 90-92.
  • "Assessment in Economics." Contribution to "Report on Assessment Protocols of the College of Arts and Sciences." November 1998.

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