Brock Blomberg

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Brock Blomberg
Brock Blomberg
17th President of Ursinus College
Assumed office
Preceded byBobby Fong
Personal details
Born (1967-03-21) March 21, 1967 (age 52)
El Paso, Texas
Alma materUniversity of Tampa (BA)
Johns Hopkins (MA and Ph.D)
WebsiteUrsinus College President's Office

S. Brock Blomberg (born March 21, 1967) is the 17th president of Ursinus College.[1] A macroeconomist and former Professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College, Blomberg is best known in academia for his work on the economics of terrorism.

Early life and education[edit]

Blomberg was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of an Army officer who spent much of his early years moving from place to place.[2] He graduated from The University of Tampa magna cum laude in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. He spent the next several years working on his Doctor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He worked as an intern economist for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 1992, foreshadowing his later position as a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.


Blomberg was on the economics faculty of Wellesley College from 1995 to 2003.[1] In fall 2003, he joined the economics department at Claremont McKenna College, where he received the David Huntoon Senior Teaching Award. He became the Dean of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna in June 2010.

He has held appointments on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. He also served in the United States Military for eight years and been the United States representative to the Economic Committee for Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). He was an investigator for the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy .[3]

He has published over 30 articles and book chapters in such top economics journals as the American Economic Review, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Public Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics.[4] His research shows that terrorism has a modest but statistically significant impact on the economy and trade is one area particularly sensitive to attacks.[5][6] He estimates the cost of the September 11 attacks to be approximately $60 billion.[7] The responsiveness of policy-makers and the resiliency of the United States economy are two reasons these impacts are not larger.[8]

Blomberg was named president of Ursinus College on April 30, 2015,[9] and was inaugurated on October 16, 2015.[10] In his first year at Ursinus, he signed a transfer agreement with Montgomery County Community College[11] and spoke out about the importance of counseling services to students.[12] The college also signed an agreement[13] with Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing that allows Ursinus graduates to additionally earn an accelerated bachelor of science degree in nursing from Villanova.

Under Blomberg, two student-centered institutes opened in the 2017-2018 academic year. The Institute for Inclusion and Equity[14] coordinates programming and dialogue around diversity and social justice. The Institute for Student Success[15] focuses on retention and academic support.

The physical layout of the campus evolved under Blomberg. A new Innovation and Discovery Center[16][17] was opened in summer 2018. The $29 million facility houses several science departments, as well as research on policy and entrepreneurship. Construction has begun on the “Commons,[18]” home to a new admission center for the college.

Blomberg has been involved in a number of controversies as president of Ursinus. In April, 2016, he fired Terry Winegar, the dean of the college who had served as interim president prior to Blomberg's appointment. Winegar later sued Blomberg and Ursinus, claiming age discrimination.[19] Winegar alleged a pattern of firing employees nearing retirement age. In September, 2016, offensive tweets by board chairman Michael Marcon were circulated on campus, leading to criticism of Blomberg for not taking action.[20] Blomberg claimed the board supported Marcon's leadership, but Marcon subsequently resigned from his position.[21] In 2017, Blomberg approached journalist Juan Williams about being Ursinus's commencement speaker. A controversy erupted when faculty members learned about this, citing accusations of plagiarism and sexual harassment against Williams. Blomberg denied that a formal invitation was made, and Williams was removed from consideration.[22] In 2018, Blomberg notified the campus community that Ursinus was obligated to self-report potential athletic financial aid violations to the NCAA.[23]

Selected works[edit]

S. Brock Blomberg and Roz Engel. “Lines in the Sand: Border Effects, Economic Integration and Disintegration of Post- War Iraq” Journal of Law and Economics (2012): 503-538.
S. Brock Blomberg, Khrusav Gaibulloev, and Todd Sandler. “Terrorist Group Survival: Ideology, Tactics, and Base of Operations” Public Choice, Vol 149. Numbers 3-4 (2011): 441-463.
S. Brock Blomberg, Gregory D. Hess, and Yaron Raviv. "Where Have All the Heroes Gone? A Rational-Choice Perspective on Heroism." PublicChoice 141.3-4 (2009): 509-522
S. Brock Blomberg and Gregory D. Hess. "How Much Does Violence Tax Trade?." Review of Economics and Statistics 88.4 (2006): 599-612.
S. Brock Blomberg, Gregory D. Hess, and Athanasios Orphanides. "The Macroeconomic Consequences of Terrorism." Journal of Monetary Economics 51.5 (2004): 1007-1032.
S. Brock Blomberg, and Gregory D. Hess. "Is the Political Business Cycle for Real?." Journal of Public Economics 87.5-6 (2003): 1091-1121
Asea, Patrick K., and Brock Blomberg. "Lending Cycles." Journal of Econometrics 83.1-2 (1998): 89-128.
S. Brock Blomberg, and Gregory D. Hess. "Politics and Exchange Rate Forecasts." Journal of International Economics 43.1-2 (1997): 189-205


  1. ^ a b "Economist Brock Blomberg is 17th President". Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2015-01-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Jeff Blumenthal (2015-04-30). "Ursinus taps a political economist to take over". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
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  9. ^ "Ursinus College names economist Brock Blomberg its 17th president". The Times Herald, Norristown, Pennsylvania. 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  10. ^ "Blomberg Extols Opportunity and the Liberal Arts". Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  11. ^ "Montgomery County Community College, Ursinus College form new partnership". The Times Herald, Norristown, Pennsylvania. 2015-12-04. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  12. ^ Lisa Scheid (2015-11-13). "TriCounty Chamber panel says student emotional distress is a critical issue". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  13. ^ Twitter, Donna Rovins drovins@21st-centurymedia com @MercBiz on. "Ursinus College and Villanova University join forces to offer nursing degree option". The Times Herald. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  14. ^ Osborne, Valerie (2017-09-04). "Exciting changes coming to the Institute for Inclusion and Equity". The Grizzly. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  15. ^ Snyder, Susan. "A new push to keep students at Ursinus". Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  16. ^ "Ursinus College breaks ground on Innovation and Discovery Center". 6abc Philadelphia. 2016-10-22. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  17. ^ Media, Digital First. "Ursinus dedicates new $29 million science center". The Pottstown Mercury. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  18. ^ Media, Digital First. "Ursinus College to debut new $7M 'front door' to campus in 2019". The Pottstown Mercury. Retrieved 2019-01-09.
  19. ^ Bobby Allyn (2016-12-14). "Ursinus dean, 62, claims college fired him because of age". WHYY-FM. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  20. ^ Susan Snyder (2016-09-06). "Ursinus College controversy erupts over board chairman's tweets". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  21. ^ Susan Snyder (2016-09-09). "Ursinus board chair resigns over controversial tweets". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  22. ^ Colleen Flaherty (2017-02-14). "Disinvitation Season Begins". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  23. ^ Courtney DuChene (2018-10-10). "Student athletes distressed by possible NCAA violations". Ursinus Grizzly. Retrieved 2018-10-12.

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