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Anne D. Williams

Anne Williams’ degrees include an A.B. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Before studying for her doctorate she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in India and worked at the World Bank, The Brookings Institution, and the Federal Reserve Board.  She began her teaching career at the University of Pennsylvania. She served on Capitol Hill as a research director for the House Select Committee on Population in 1977-78, and was also a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Population 1983-86.

She came to Bates as Department Chair in 1981. Here she taught Population Economics, Health Economics, Statistics, Principles, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Math for Economics, Economic Policy Debates, Economy and Society in the Great Depression, and Applied Econometrics. She became a Professor Emerita of Economics upon her retirement in 2008.

Her early research dealt with determinants of fertility in the United States. She currently is studying the history of the American toy industry. She has curated major exhibitions of puzzles at the Bates College Museum of Art (10988), the Museum of Our National Heritage (Lexington, Mass. 1966), and the Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, N.Y., 2000-01). Her publications include four books (two co-authored), a monograph, five edited volumes, three exhibition catalogs (one co-authored), a video documentary (co-produced), and numerous articles. She is listed in Who’s Who in Economics.

She has appeared as a puzzle expert on PBS’s History Detectives (2003), Martha Stewart Living (2002), BBC Radio 4 (2004 and 2009), and several other broadcasts. In 2007 the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors presented her with its Spilsbury Award for lifetime achievement.

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