Mark J. Zwynenburg Green and Gold Professor of Financial History, Professor of Economics

Administrative Services

  • Provost and Senior Vice President, December 2010-2012
  • Interim Provost and Senior Vice President, August 2009-December 2010
  • Associate Provost for Budget and Capital Planning, July 2008-June 2009
  • Special Assistant to the Provost, March-December 2006, August 2007-June 2008
  • Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, September 2004-August 2005
  • Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, August 2003-September 2004
  • Chair, Department of Economics, July 2001-June 2003

Research and/or Creative Works

Jane’s research and teaching interests are in the fields of money and banking and economic history. Her research applies the tools of economic history, institutional analysis, and monetary economics to understanding the evolution and performance of monetary institutions over time.

Her current research is in two areas: colonial monetary history and the history of central banking in the U.S.


“Making a Central Bank out of the Federal Reserve: A Historical Perspective on Wartime Amendments to the Federal Reserve Act.” Forthcoming in Review of Political Economy, 2023.

“Resource Endowments, Agency problems, and Monetary Outcomes in two American colonies, 1600-1700,” with Catalina Vizcarra. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History. Pubished online September 2022.

“Resource endowments and the problem of small change: insights from two American mints, 1600-1700”, with Catalina Vizcarra. Financial History Review, vol. 28 issue 3, December 2021, pp. 344-363. Published online October 2021.

“The long road to accommodative central banking: the U.S. case.”  The European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies, 17:3, November 2020, pp. 325-338. Published online April 2020.

The Second Bank of the U.S.: “Central” banker in an era of nation-building, London: Routledge, 2017.



Book manuscript “Managing Money on the Periphery of Empire: Resource Endowments, Institutions, and Monetary Outcomes in the Americas, 1600-1800”, with Catalina Vizcarra. Under contract with Columbia University Press.

Jane Knodell, Professor of Economics

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Macroeconomics, money & banking and U.S. economic history.


  • Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University, 1984


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Office Location:

Old Mill Room 336