Glen Whitman

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Glen Whitman
Douglas Glen Whitman

1972 (1972)
OccupationEconomist, screenwriter
Years active2000–present
EmployerCalifornia State University, Northridge
WebsiteOfficial website

Douglas Glen Whitman is an American television writer and a professor of economics.

Academic career[edit]

Whitman is a professor of economics at California State University, Northridge, where he has been on the faculty since 2000.[1] He has also served as a research fellow at the Independent Institute, a public policy think tank.[2]

His expertise is in microeconomics, applied game theory, and economic analysis of law.[1] He received his Ph.D. in economics from New York University in 2000 and his undergraduate degree in economics and politics from American University in 1994.[3]

Whitman's 2014 book Economics of the Undead, co-edited with James Dow, is an academic collection of essays that use zombies to explain and demonstrate concepts of economics.[1][4][5] He is also the author of Strange Brew: Alcohol and Government Monopoly (2003).[2]

Screenwriting career[edit]

In his second career, Whitman has written for the FOX science-fiction series Fringe, the El Rey Network series Matador,[5] the FX series The Strain, and NBC's The Blacklist: Redemption.[6]

Along with his writing partner Robert Chiappetta, Whitman was a science advisor to the creators of Fringe before its first season.[7][8] Whitman and Chiappetta served as executive story editors on Fringe, and contributed several scripts to the series.[9]

Fringe episodes[edit]

Personal life[edit]

As a blogger on topics including language and linguistics, Whitman is credited with coining the word snowclone in 2004.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c "Meet the Authors of Economics of the Undead". College of Business and Economics – Events. California State University, Northridge. March 11, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-12-29.
  2. ^ a b Whitman, Douglas Glen (2003). Strange Brew: Alcohol and Government Monopoly. Independent Institute. ISBN 978-0-945999-88-1.
  3. ^ "Glen Whitman". Cato Unbound: A Journal of Debate. Cato Institute. Archived from the original on 2016-10-08.
  4. ^ Phillips, Erica E. (March 3, 2014). "Zombie Studies Gain Ground on College Campuses". Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ a b Whitman, Glen; Dow, James, eds. (2014). Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 284–285. ISBN 978-1-4422-3503-8.
  6. ^ Korchula Productions (October 3, 2016). "Economist and TV Writer Glen Whitman on Making It in the Industry as an Outsider". Free Minds (podcast). Podbean. Archived from the original on 2018-07-20.
  7. ^ Chiappetta, Robert; Whitman June 15, 2011, Glen (July 28, 2011). "'Fringe' Science". NOVA Online (Interview). Interviewed by Susan K. Lewis. Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation. Archived from the original on 2017-11-02.
  8. ^ "Glen Whitman on PGZ Podcast". Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  9. ^ "Glen Whitman from Fringe". Retrieved November 12, 2010.
  10. ^ Pullum, Geoffrey K. (January 16, 2004). "Snowclones: lexicographical dating to the second". Language Log. Retrieved January 5, 2010.
  11. ^ Whitman, Glen (December 6, 2005) [January 14, 2004]. "Phrases for Lazy Writers in Kit Form Are the New Clichés". Agoraphilia. Archived from the original on 2016-08-25. Shortly after composing this post, I proposed a word for these formulaic clichés: 'snowclones.' With Pullum's blessing, my coinage has become the term of art.

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