September 15, 2011 12:00AM
As the new dean of the Gladys A. Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University, Dr. Paul Grimes knew he'd have a lot on his plate as he stepped into his new role this fall.
But Grimes also knew he couldn't pass up the opportunity to head up one of the most well known economics journals in the nation when he was asked to assume editorship of the famed publication The American Economist.
A historic, bi-annual journal comprised of research articles, book reviews and biographies, The American Economist has long been regarded as a leading economics publication. Introduced in 1963, it is published by Omicron Delta Epsilon, The International Honor Society In Economics, and has undergone few changes in leadership and look. Michael Szenberg, a distinguished professor at Pace University in New York City, was editor of the publication from 1975 until asking Grimes to take the reins. Several Nobel Prize laureates in economics currently serve on the board of trustees that oversees ODE and The American Economist.
"When you're in business school and you become a member of ODE, you get a one-year subscription, so nearly every economist in our nation has seen this journal," Grimes said. "The red cover and font have never changed, so it's very recognizable."
That recognition will soon give The American Economist its time in the limelight. Grimes recently granted approval to a Chicago-based movie production company to use vintage copies of The American Economist as set props in the upcoming motion picture "Cloud Atlas," starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Susan Sarandon. "Pretty cool," acknowledged Grimes with a smile.
At its core, the journal, which runs about 150 pages in length, has a mission of fostering young scholars and became well known for publishing autobiographical essays by eminent economists. Twice published in the journal himself, Grimes has served as an associate editor (a role that allowed him to get to know Szenberg) for years. As editor, he will oversee a team of associates and sit on the executive board of Omicron Delta Epsilon.
"I'm kind of like the conductor of a symphony. I'm learning a lot about the publishing end of things," Grimes said. "It just blows my mind that Michael was the editor when I was a college student and he's the one who asked me to replace him. It's an honor to be asked to serve in this role for such a well-respected academic journal."