Bard Faculty

Leanne J. Ussher

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics

Primary Academic Program: Economics


BEc, Macquarie University, Sydney; Graduate Diploma (applied finance), Securities Institute of Australia, Sydney; MA, PhD, New School for Social Research. Professor Ussher’s fields of interest include monetary theory, macroeconomics, international finance, corporate finance, cryptoeconomics, agent-based models, market microstructure, and history of economic thought. She previously taught at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany; University of Massachusetts Boston; and Queens College. Recent peer-reviewed publications include “Keynes and the International Monetary System: Time for a Tabular Standard?” in European Journal of the History of Economic Thought (2017); “International Monetary Policy with Commodity Buffer Stocks,” in European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention (2016); “International Financial Reform,” in the Elgar Companion to Post Keynesian Economics (2012); and “Global Imbalances and the Key Currency Regime: The Case for a Commodity Reserve Currency,” in Review of Political Economy. Working papers have covered subjects such as the Koala coin; margins and transaction taxes in an artificial speculative futures market; Keynes, Zhou, and the Bancor; international price stability, and conceptualizing commodity dependence in the case of global imbalance, in the case of Brazil. Ussher has presented at conferences nationally and internationally in Rome, Reykjavik, Galway, Sydney, and Jerusalem, among other venues. She is the recipient of numerous research and teaching grants from the City University of New York and New School. She is a member of the American Economic Association, Centre for Citizenship Enterprise and Governance, Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession; European Society of the History of Economic Thought, Food Security and Nutrition Forum, others. At Bard: Spring 2019.