Hummel, Jeffrey Rogers


Professor, Economics

Jeff Hummel is the author of Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War (1996). He teaches both economics and history, and before joining the SJSU economics faculty in the fall of 2002, lectured as an adjunct at Golden Gate University and Santa Clara University. He served in the U.S. Army as a tank platoon leader during the early seventies, was Publications Director for the Independent Institute in Oakland, CA, in the late eighties, and was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, for the 2001-2002 academic year.



Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, 2nd edition (Chicago: Open Court, 2014).

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SJSU Courses Taught

ECON 1A: Principles of Macroeconomics 
ECON 102: Macroeconomic Analysis 
ECON/HIST 113A: Economic History of the United States 
ECON 135: Money and Banking 
ECON 202: Seminar in Macroeconomic Analysis (Graduate) 
ECON 235: Seminar in Monetary Theory (Graduate) 
HIST 176: The American Way of War: Civil War (History Department)

Syllabi: Spring 2021
Econ 235

Research Interests

  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary Theory and History
  • Economics of War and Defense
  • Economics of Slavery
  • U.S. Economic History
  • U.S. Civil War




Preferred: (925) 324-0659

Office Hours

Tuesday, 6:00-6:30 P.M.; and by appointment


Ph.D. History, University of Texas, Austin, 2001
B.A. History, Grove City College, 1971