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Wells, Wyatt

TitleDistinguished Research Professor
DepartmentHistory & World Languages & Cultures
Office HoursMonday and Tuesday, 9-11
Office Location346 Liberal Arts


Dr. Wyatt Wells grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and as an undergraduate attended Vanderbilt University.  He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught from 1992-93.  He then served three years as an assistant editor at the Andrew Jackson Papers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In 1996-97, he was the Newcomen Fellow in Business History at the Harvard Business School. He has taught at AUM since 1997. He received a Fulbright Award to teach in Hong Kong for 2001-2002 academic year. Dr. Wells is the author of Economist in an Uncertain World: Arthur F. Burns and the Federal Reserve, 1970-78 (Columbia University Press, 1994), Antitrust and the Formation of the Postwar World (Columbia University Press, 2002), and American Capitalism, 1945-2000 (Ivan Dee 2003), and is one of the editors of The Papers of Andrew Jackson: Volume VI, 1825-1828 (University of Tennessee Press). He is currently working on a history of financial politics in the United States of the 1890s, when the question of money dominated public life.  In addition to surveys of American history, Dr. Wells teaches class on the history of the American South and on recent United States.  He married Barbara Gilbert in 2001, and they have three children.

EducationPh.D., 1992 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., 1988 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., 1986 Vanderbilt University